Monday 30 November, 2020

Half-way: Antigua and Barbuda off the high-risk list for Barbados

Antigua and Barbuda flag on a map. (FILE)

Antigua and Barbuda flag on a map. (FILE)

From today, Antigua and Barbuda are no longer high-risk for Barbados.

Along with Gaston Browne's twin island territory, St Vincent and the Grenadines has also been shifted from medium-risk to low-risk.

These two Caribbean islands have been moved to new categories in the latest COVID-19 travel protocols issued by Government.

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Antigua and Barbuda, which was formerly on the list of countries deemed high-risk by health authorities in Barbados has now been moved into the medium-risk category. In another section of the media, it was reported today that Prime Minister Browne had issued an ultimatum saying that if Barbados did not remove Antigua and Barbuda by the end of today that he was prepared to take the matter to CARICOM. Barbados placed Antigua and Barbuda as high-risk as of November 3 when it issued its newest slate of protocols. On November 6, it was reported that Antigua and Barbuda took issue with the new rating because it was not appearing to be based on the Caribbean Public Health Agency recommendations for the CARICOM bubble.

St Vincent and the Grenadines, which was in the medium-risk category, has shifted to low-risk.

Antigua and Barbuda has had 131 confirmed cases and three deaths with 122 recoveries. St Vincent and the Grenadines has reported 76 confirmed cases with 72 patients having recovered.

With CARPHA advocating for a low-risk classification for member states with fewer than 20 active cases, Browne has not responded to the medium-risk rating yet. Both Antigua and Barbuda and St Vincent and the Grenadines have less than 20 active cases on island currently.

Barbados' updated list of countries in all categories – high, medium, low and very low – may be viewed on the website of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.

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