Monday 3 August, 2020

Barbados taking a risk-based approach with Welcome Stamp initiative

The Grantley Adams International Airport (FILE)

The Grantley Adams International Airport (FILE)

The Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Amor Mottley says that necessary measures are being put in place for COVID-19 imported cases amidst the rolling out of the Welcome Stamp initiative. This initiative allows visitors to work remotely from Barbados for a period of 12 months.

She made this statement during a live interview on the British news channel, Sky News.

When asked about the concerns of COVID-19 cases being imported, Mottley had this to say:

“We are very clear about the processes that we have put in place. We’ve also expanded our hospital capacity to the point where whereas we only had 30 ICU beds in the past, we now have 100 primary and secondary ICU beds and over 120 teritary care”.

PM Mottley further stated that the country is ready for anything, but she still does not want the virus in the country. This is why testing is rigorous. “…We are taking a risk-based approach.” This includes different measures being put in place for those countries which have a minimal infection rate and those which have a higher infection rate.

The Prime Minister also made mention of a longer-term program called ‘Manage Migration’.

According to the National Population Commission, the population of Barbados has not been replaced since 1980. Reportedly, there are 850,000 fewer persons than this previous time.

She believes that similarly to the UK and Canada, Barbados will be able to find a way to implement sustainable migration policies.

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