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DLP wants answers on management of COVID-19

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President of the Democratic Labour Party Verla De Peiza on Thursday issued a statement after the announcement by Government that there were ten new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Government also imposed a curfew which took effect from midnight December 31 until 5 a.m. each day until January 14, 2021.

The announcements were made during a Press conference which was addressed by Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, Minister of Foreign Trade and chairman of the Cabinet’s COVID-19 Sub-Committee Senator Dr Jerome Walcott and Minister of Health and Wellness Jeffrey Bostic.

“The recent announcements that there is now COVID -19 transmission among the local population is one that saddens the Democratic Labour Party (DLP).

“This Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Government has . . . has continued to keep our island’s borders open to travel from high-risk jurisdictions.

“Every country within the Caribbean safeguarded its citizens by temporarily banning tourists from high-risk countries. Their citizens came first,” the statement noted.

The statement said that the situation was “spinning out of control”, as “within the past two weeks we consistently heard about protocols being broken by visitors; and day after day we registered more and more positive COVID-19 cases”.

De Peiza said Government needs to be held accountable for any local transmission and community spread “just as it took the kudos for the successes we registered as a country”.

“They cannot hide and put the blame on the general public. The citizens of this country sacrificed much and did their part to ensure our country remained safe,” the statement noted.

The DLP had a few questions:

“Will we now stop flights from high-risk territories from landing in Barbados?

“How is the Government going to treat to policing of the quarantine centres going forward?

“Are further measures going to be enforced as persons conduct regular business after Tuesday’s bank holiday?

DePeiza said that Barbadians exercised the discipline necessary to make us the desired safe destination of many this winter and it was the responsibility of Government to ensure the safety and well-being of its citizens.

“The DLP is imploring every single Barbadian to please stay at home; to minimise any socialising . . . . Take your own safety and that of your families into your own hands and operate with wisdom.

“We fervently pray that this local transmission does not evolve into community spread and subsequent illness and death to any more martyrs.

“Have a peaceful and blessed New Year in your personal bubble.” (PR/KG)

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