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Antigua: Main political parties take bi-partisan approach to COVID-19

While health officials are bracing for the inevitable arrival of the COVID-19 to the shores of Antigua and Barbuda, the two major political parties are taking a non-political approach to dealing with the virus.

Rather than taking aim at his political opponents, the Leader of the Antigua Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP), Prime Minister Gaston Browne has chosen to focus on the greater threat posed by the impending virus to the nation.

He said that at this point in time, he is more concerned with managing the fears of the people rather than the effects the virus would have on their condition.

“Most of the damage has been done out of fear,” Browne said.

Currently, off the 125,652 confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, 71,658 have been considered closed cases. Of those closed cases, 94 percent (67,051) have fully recovered, while 6 percent (4,607) of persons have died.

However, of the 53,994 active cases, 89 percent (48,076) are classed as being in mild condition with 11 percent (5,918) in serious or critical condition.

“It has been promoted globally that if you contract COVID-19, that it is an automatic death sentence. It is not,” Browne stated. “So there has to be a re-calibration of that narrative and for people to look at the issue responsibly and intelligently.”

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