PM Browne: Coronavirus still spreading, the worst is yet to come
Prime Minister Gaston Browne
The worst is yet to come!
That’s according to Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, the Honourable Gaston Browne.
He believes that the coronavirus will prove to be the most economically destructive virus the world has seen in the last century, with the potential to surpass the 2008 global crisis.
Prime Minister Browne said: “Unfortunately the worst is yet to come and we should all begin to condition our minds for several months of economic pain. Our people are not unaccustomed to crisis and pain, we will surmount these challenges.”
He said with every threat comes opportunities and urged the people of Antigua and Barbuda to seize the opportunity to leave healthier lifestyles and grow more food to ensure food security.
“Let’s use this crisis to strengthen the unity within our country and to be each other’s keeper. As we brace ourselves for the worst, we must remain resilient and optimistic about the future and position ourselves to harvest the bounty that will surely follow,” he said.
Meanwhile the Ministry of Health is again seeking to dispel rumours that there are at least six confirmed cases of the virus at a hotel in Antigua.
In a statement the Ministry said as of Friday March 13, there is still one confirmed case of the virus on island.
Citizens are being asked to desist from spreading false information as it perpetuates fear-mongering and creates unnecessary panic.