Monday 30 November, 2020

Cayman Premier: 'We are going to have some tragic times'

Cayman Premier, Alden McLaughlin

Cayman Premier, Alden McLaughlin

“Today's results are the most worrying we've had... I beg you, despite our best efforts, we are going to have some tragic times.”

These were the words of Cayman Island's Premier, Alden McLaughlin at Saturday’s COVID-19 Government press briefing. 

McLaughlin said that they have been seeing too many people congregating in groups and ignoring soft curfew rules.

On April 11, eight positive COVID-19 tests were reported. Six are still being traced which implies that it is likely to have been community transmission. The two other positive tests have been directly connected to prior positive cases.

According to the Premier and Police Commissioner, Derek Byrne, too many people are congregating on the beach. There were apparently quite a large number of locals on the beach drinking alcohol on Good Friday.

“I share the Premier’s heartfelt plea,” said Governor, Martyn Roper. “Please, please, please follow the guidance and avoid human contact.”

The greatest amount of worry thus far was communicated by the nation’s leaders at the briefing.

According to the Premier, there are thousands who are not taking the novel coronavirus risk seriously. The Premier conveyed further concern around Easter Monday when Caymanians are accustomed to congregating. As a result, the government will be closing all beaches on Easter Monday.

"Please don't let all of the hard work that we are doing be eroded," said the Minister of Health Dr John Lee, who indicated that if Caymanians feel that it is hard now, just imagine that if there is no choice "but to do a full lockdown for more than just one day."

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