Friday 10 April, 2020

Barbados Port Chairman refutes rumours about safety at Port

Cruise ship passengers at the Grantley Adams International Airport on March 16, 2020. (FILE)

Cruise ship passengers at the Grantley Adams International Airport on March 16, 2020. (FILE)

Chairman of the Barbados Port Inc Senator Lisa Cummins is assuring the public that the ports of entry have taken the necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of the public. 

During her address at the 42nd Sitting of Senate, Senator Cummins rebutted circulating rumors about the transportation of cruise ship passengers from the seaport to the airport. 

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“We are not taking cruise passengers from the Port into the departure hall of the Grantley Adams International Airport. That is patently untrue and I wish to call upon those persons who are circulating that information to cease and desist. We are already in a panicked environment. Barbadians are unsettled about the circumstances we are dealing with; you have no right to create unnecessary pandemonium by spreading fake news. It is not the Barbadian way. It is not the humanitarian way. It is not the decent thing to do. I am calling on people to stop.”

“Any photos propagating to represent persons coming from the Bridgetown Port over the last week in the departure lounge with their luggage, any of those photos are false and do not represent what is happening in this COVID-19 environment,” stressed the Barbados Port Inc Chairman. 

Barbados is working diligently to battle the tide of fake news and rumours surrounding COVID-19. The Port was not the only subject of such maliciousness.

Earlier this week one media house was the target of a fake post purporting that Barbados' COVID-19 cases had spiked beyond the 17 confirmed at the time (March 24, 3 pm).

That widely circulated screenshot on social media falsely quoted Minister of Health and Wellness, Lt Col Jeffrey Bostic.

The media house has since issued a public statement denying being the source of the false information and Minister Bostic made it clear that he did not provide any such information to anyone.

The matter has been reported to the Royal Barbados Police Force as a breach of the Computer Misuse Act and is being investigated.

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