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THE LATEST NOTES FROM CABINET
Thursday 18th November 2021

Read the Latest Notes from Cabinet held at its last meeting.

๐๐จ๐ญ๐ž๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐‚๐š๐›๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ญ: (๐๐“๐Ÿญ)
The Cabinet invited the acting Chief Medical Officer (CMO), the Director of Education, and the Director of Pharmaceutical Services to its meeting. The meeting agreed that the global figures within all secondary schools indicate that herd immunity has been achieved and more than 80% of the secondary school student population is now vaccinated.

In balancing the benefits against the risk the Cabinet has agreed that face-to-face learning of all Secondary School students, whether vaccinated or not, shall commence on ๐Œ๐จ๐ง๐๐š๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ง๐ ๐๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ. It was also agreed that the Ministry will conduct sessions with parents of unvaccinated students, the object being to inform of the necessity to act now and not to delay in getting their children vaccinated. ๐€๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฎ๐๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐š๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐œ๐ฅ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ฏ๐š๐œ๐œ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ž๐, ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐›๐ž ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐›๐ฃ๐ž๐œ๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐š ๐‚๐Ž๐•๐ˆ๐ƒ-๐Ÿ๐Ÿ— ๐ญ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ฐ๐จ ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ค๐ฌ. ๐“๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐›๐ž ๐ง๐จ ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ซ๐ ๐ž๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐ญ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฌ.

๐๐จ๐ญ๐ž๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐‚๐š๐›๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ญ: (๐๐“๐Ÿ)
The CMO (Acting) provided data showing that the number of new cases of COVID-19 has declined on a weekly basis to 27 cases per week, in the weeks of November 2021; while in the 37th week of the disease, the number was 437 in that week. On Tuesday there were four new cases and 61 active cases in total, with 3,960 recovered cases, leading to a total of 4,129 infections since the start of the COVID19 Pandemic in Antigua and Barbuda.

The Chairman of Cabinet and the CMO (Ag.) agreed that mandates proved necessary in order to achieve herd immunity in schools, in the private sector, and among public employees. ๐€๐ฌ ๐š ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ž๐ช๐ฎ๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐‚๐š๐›๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ญ ๐š๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐›๐ฅ๐ข๐œ ๐ฌ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ค๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ, ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ฏ๐š๐œ๐œ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐จ๐ซ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ, ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ซ๐ž๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ง ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ค ๐จ๐ง ๐ƒ๐ž๐œ๐ž๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ. ๐“๐ก๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ฏ๐š๐œ๐œ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐›๐ฒ ๐ƒ๐ž๐œ๐ž๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐›๐ž ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐›๐ฃ๐ž๐œ๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐š ๐‚๐Ž๐•๐ˆ๐ƒ-๐Ÿ๐Ÿ— ๐ญ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ฐ๐จ ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ค๐ฌ. ๐“๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐›๐ž ๐ง๐จ ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ซ๐ ๐ž๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐ญ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฌ.

-Banks and other financial institutions that have achieved community immunity of 80% will be permitted to have testing of their un-vaccinated employees, beginning December 1st 2021.

-Private sector entities are to issue their own exemption certificates on the grounds of religion and or medical reasons. ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐ฎ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ซ๐ž๐ช๐ฎ๐ข๐ซ๐ž ๐ž๐ฑ๐ž๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐š๐œ๐œ๐ž๐ฉ๐ญ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐ฆ๐ž๐๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฉ๐ฎ๐ญ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ ๐ข๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ญ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฐ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐›๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ข๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง.

-Visitors to Antigua and Barbuda and nationals who are returning to enjoy their country and who wish to visit bars, clubs, dine-in restaurants, and places of entertainment are to present their vaccination certificates that they presented on arrival in the country for them to be allowed entry.

-The Minister of Information, whose portfolio includes the issuance of the new COVID-19 vaccine cards, reported that more than 16,000 cards have been distributed; 2,500 cards are not yet distributed and remain in the production team’s possession

-Competitive sports shall resume from Monday, November 22, using the previously agreed-upon protocols.

-๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ซ๐ ๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐›๐ž๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ƒ๐ž๐œ๐ž๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ•๐ญ๐ก ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ.

-The restrictions imposed on people travelling from high COVID infected countries such as the Dominican Republic, Brazil, India, and South Africa will also be lifted on January 1st, 2022.

๐๐จ๐ญ๐ž๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐‚๐š๐›๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ญ: (๐๐“๐Ÿ•)
Since Christmas falls on a Saturday and Boxing Day on a Sunday in 2021, the announcements published in the Gazette of November 17th, 2019 holds: Monday and Tuesday, 27th and 28th December 2021, are Public Holidays.
-Plans for V.C Bird Day on December 9th, 2021, are being conceptualized in the Ministry of Cultural Industries. A budget is being developed that will reflect the extent of the celebratory events planned for the days leading up to and including December 9th.

All notes from the latest meeting can be found here.


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