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ANTIGUA | Wearing COVID-19 tracking bracelets may soon be mandatory for persons in quarentine

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ST. JOHNS, Antigua, November 30, 2020 - The government of Antigua and Barbuda is moving to put legislation in place to mandate the wearing of COVID-19 bracelets by persons diagnosed with the disease and placed in quarantine, which will allow health personnel to track their movements.

Coronavirus COVID19 460In his weekly radio programme on Saturday, Prime Minister Gaston Browne said “They will be mandated by law to wear these bracelets so that they can be properly monitored and of course they have to continue to monitor the other health and safety protocols that are already in place, Browne said.

He noted that penalties will be implemented for those who attempt to tamper with the devices which he said were already on island and the government intends to start using them as of Tuesday after they are programmed and tested.

Further changes will also be made to the laws to deal with people who may attempt to tamper with the electronic devices.

“Anyone who tampers with these bracelets will have to pay a fine. We will make sure that these fines are hefty, not only to cover the cost of the bracelets, but also to make it prohibitive. These are measures that we have to introduce in order to ensure that we tighten the management of Covid-19 and reduce the transmission,” Browne said.

The last dashboard released by the Ministry of Health on Saturday showed that there are 141 laboratory confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Antigua, seven of which are active.

Seventy-two people are quarantining at home, while 13 are at a government facility.

Last modified onMonday, 30 November 2020 19:19
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