Senior woman reportedly becomes 141st COVID-19 fatality, as infections pass 8,500

A senior citizen has become the country’s most recent COVID-19 fatality.

REAL News learned that a 72-year-old Cooks Hill woman was transported to the Sir Lester Bird Medical Centre via the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at about 4:20 p.m. on Monday, June 13.

Reports say she was experiencing shortness of breath and tested positive for COVID-19.

As medical officials tried to stabilize her, she reportedly fell unconscious, which resulted in CPR being administered to her for several minutes, but without success.

She succumbed 21 minutes later, at 4:41 p.m., and was pronounced dead by a doctor.

The body was removed to a local funeral home and the coroner was notified.

This death brings to 141 the number of people who have died from the virus since the start of the pandemic in Antigua and Barbuda in March 2020.

Meanwhile, the country’s active COVID-19 cases continue to hover around the 150 mark, as 39 new lab-confirmed infections were reported by the Ministry of Health, on Sunday June 12.

Eighteen of these cases were recorded on Friday, June 10, and 21 on June 12. They were realized from 61 samples processed at the hospital.

There are five hospitalized cases: two moderate and three mild.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases the country has seen is now 8,531 and includes 156 active infections.