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Special meeting on COVID-19 in Barbados tomorrow


Special meeting on COVID-19 in Barbados tomorrow

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Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, will host a special meeting in Barbados tomorrow to discuss ways of protecting the region from COVID-19.

The meeting will take place in the Frangipani room at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, beginning at noon.

It will bring together some Heads of Government, Caribbean Ministers of Health and their chief medical officers, representatives from the Pan American Health Organisation, the Caribbean Public Health Agency, the Caribbean Community Implementation Agency for Crime and Security and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency.

The decision to hold the special meeting was taken by Mottley following consultations with outgoing CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet of St Lucia.

Both leaders participated in two emergency meetings via video conference on Wednesday and Friday along with Chief Medical Officers and representatives of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) on COVID-19.

When they meet in Barbados, Caribbean leaders will consider a recommendation from the COHSOD Working group on regional coordination for management of the virus and other infectious diseases on passenger ships.

Chief executive officers of cruise lines and airlines servicing the region will be invited to participate in the special session.

A press conference will follow. (BGIS)