BREAKING: Daily 24-hour lockdown begins Thursday

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Effective 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, Antigua and Barbuda will be placed on daily 24-hour lockdown, Prime Minister Gaston Browne has announced.

This will remain in effect until April 9.

“We notice that the limited curfew is not working,” Browne told parliament which met virtually for the first time in the country’s history.

This means that “no one will be allowed to be on the streets on Antigua & Barbuda.”

Browne predicted that Antigua could end up with more than 1,000 cases within the next two weeks based on how the virus is being spread as a result of irresponsible practices.

“I cannot over emphasize how deadly COVID-19 is” the prime minister told parliament.

He said the response to COVID requires additional action but hastened to add “we do not take comfort in curtailing the civil liberties of people.”

Antigua & Barbuda has seven confirmed cases of COVID-19.