Local health authorities are not leaving anything to chance as they seek to implement strict control measures to mitigate against the dreaded coronavirus, now being referred to as COVID-19.
Health Minister Molwyn Joseph announced during a recent news conference that attention will now be turned to the yachting sector, which he told reporters, is an area of great concern.
“We want to have a more formal processing of people coming on yachts in particular. We are going to be looking at the different areas where they are being processed in the Jolly Harbour and Nelson’s Dockyard areas.
“Traditionally, we have a strong presence, but in the leisure craft area, it has not been so because the numbers are smaller than those coming off the cruise ships,” Joseph said.
The information from the minister comes at a time when Antigua and Barbuda is getting prepared to host a few major yachting events with an expectant increase in volume of passengers.
Joseph also used the occasion of the news conference to announce that the Ministry of Health will be intensifying its public awareness campaign to educate nationals about the virus.