Thursday 2 July, 2020

Government debunks claim that Barbadian family diagnosed with COVID19

CARICOM Chair and Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley

CARICOM Chair and Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley

Government is encouraging citizens to refer to credible news sites for information on the coronavirus disease 2019 also known as COVID19. 

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This is in response to a hoax circulating on social media claiming that a Barbadian family of three has died from the coronavirus (COVID19). Government-issued a statement refuting the article. 

The undated story from a source that identifies itself as News NT, states that the deaths were announced by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH).

However, locals should note that the story is entirely false and to date no one on the island, neither visitor nor resident has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Barbadians have been advised to refer to the websites of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), World Health Organisation (WHO), and the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) when seeking credible information on COVID19.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Mia Mottley, senior local officials of the Ministry of Health and Wellness, Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Anton Best, met first with representatives of the Government, Social Partnership and regional health experts,  and then with permanent secretaries and heads of department to discuss the country’s readiness to respond to the virus.

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Addressing the media after the stakeholders' meeting, Prime Minister Mottley announced that Government will be implementing a national pandemic preparedness plan, as the country continues to monitor the regional transmission of the virus.

“We are here to ensure that we shift from preparedness to readiness and rapid response because even though we were advised of it across the world it is the context of it has reached the Americas within the last two weeks that clearly we understand that it is coming closer to us. We believe that we are ready for most of it and we will continue to expand capacity,” said the Prime Minister.

“We are meeting a hiccup and this hiccup is one that we have to face because what is at stake is human life."

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