By Latrishka Thomas
While Antigua is seeing a rise in Covid-19 infections with there now being more than 200 active cases according to the latest dashboard, Barbuda presently only has three.
And officials there are hoping to prevent a spike in cases on the sister isle – which has already achieved herd immunity – even as they prepare for the return of Caribana early next month.
After a two-year hiatus, the Caribana Festival is back on and will run from June 3 through to June 6.
Barbuda’s resident doctor Jeremy Deazle says that the planning team are working to find the safest ways to hold the four-day event.
“We are in a new era where we are learning to live in a time where Covid is still prevalent. However, we are still putting plans and protocols in place to mitigate unnecessary rises in cases. So definitely it is a big part of our planning.
“The economy needs to be revived, and at the same time we need to use all the necessary methods to keep from an unnecessary rise of Covid,” he said.