Health officials investigating two suspected cases of COVID-19

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The Ministry of Health has confirmed two that suspected cases of COVID-19 are currently being investigated.

The health department, through a release, stated that, “once the reports of the testing results are available, this information will be shared with the public”.

Meanwhile the Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda noted that the isolation and quarantine units at the Margetson Ward are nearing completion.

Preparations are at an advanced stage, the release said, and are set to have testing for the COVID-19 virus being done locally with the assistance of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to allow for the swift diagnosis of potential cases.

PAHO representatives will be on the island on Monday, March 16. The team of technicians is expected to conduct meetings, site visits, training, and simulation exercises.

Meanwhile, health officials are reminding the general public to exercise proper hand hygiene and cough etiquette as well as to take general measures against becoming ill. Recommendations include adequate rest and hydration and the avoidance of sick persons.

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