COVID-19 deaths increase by one, moving total to 138, while active infections are now at 161 and vaccination drive resumes

Health officials are reporting another COVID-19 related death, on May 14, bringing the country’s fatalities to 138, while 60 new infections have been confirmed.

As a result, there are now 161 active cases, with 157 persons in isolation and four hospitalized cases: one moderate and three mild.

The Ministry of Health reports that these cases are for the period Saturday May 14 and were realized from 99 samples processed at the hospital.

Forty-seven cases were recorded on May 13 and 13 infections on May 14.  Twenty-one people recovered from the virus during this period.

Therefore, the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Antigua and Barbuda is now 7,855.

Meanwhile, the vaccination numbers stand at 61,882 fully vaccinated persons, while 2,113 have been partially vaccinated.

The Ministry of Health will be hosting another vaccination drive this Saturday, May 21, at two health centres, All Saints and Clare Hall, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Officials are encouraging those who are yet to take the jab to do so, since it prevents severe COVID-19 illness and death and protects family members from the sometimes deadly virus.

The vaccines available are the Oxford Astrazeneca, BioNTech Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson, and Sinopharm and these will be administered to persons 12 years and older.

Vaccination cards for those receiving their second dose or booster are required in addition to a government-issued ID.