Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne tests positive for COVID-19

Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne today has confirmed his testing positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Browne, appearing virtually on local radio station Pointe FM 99.1 on Saturday, said he received his diagnosis yesterday and was ‘feeling fine’. He only complained of a little nasal congestion.

“Notwithstanding the fact that I tested positive for COVID yesterday, I’m doing fine. I’m taking decongestants but other than that, I think I’m doing well,” he explained.The prime minister seemed to credit his outlook on his diagnosis to the fact that he is fully vaccinated against the infectious disease and urged more Antiguans to do the same.

Browne also conceded that he understood that he would always be at high risk of contracting the virus being a public figure.

“So, the job is such [that] I’m always exposed, which is why I took the opportunity to get vaccinated quickly. Other than this I’m in good health. My oxygen levels [are] fine. I’m feeling well; I don’t have any loss of appetite, no loss of taste. No fever. No headaches. So, I’m doing good,” said Browne.

The most recent public appearance of the Antiguan leader, 55, was on April 7, when he presided over the official opening ceremony of the Villa Polyclinic in the capital St John’s.


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