Refrigerated container now available to store bodies

The country now has access to a refrigerated container for the storage of bodies, if required.

However, it remained unused up to Tuesday afternoon as efforts continue to ensure funeral homes can have more space.

On Tuesday the Ministry of Health released three separate dashboards, confirming that the country’s COVID-19 cases have passed the 3,000-mark, while additional storage capacity been put in place at the hospital’s morgue.

On Thursday, September 23, there were 106 new cases out of of 83 samples processed at Sir Lester Bird Medical Centre and 165 at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).

Health officials report that on Friday, September 24, 115 positive cases were realized from 118 samples tested at the hospital and 320 at CARPHA.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, September 25, 79 samples were processed locally, with the numbers dropping to only 16 lab-confirmed infections. These brought the total active cases to 961.

There are 52 people in the hospital, 10 of whom are reported to have severe symptoms. However, over the three-day period, there were 241 recovered cases, increasing that total to 2,123.

On the downside, Health officials confirmed that there have been 76 COVID-19 related deaths in Antigua and Barbuda, with 12 recorded between September 23 and 27.

Since the most recent dashboard puts the number of cases at 3,160, it means that this country’s COVID-19 mortality rate is 2.4%. It is the second-highest in the sub-region, coming in behind Grenada, where the death rate is 2.6%.

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