Estimates postponed until Friday
The House of Assembly has postponed further debate on the Appropriations Bill until Friday.
Immediately following the announcement that Barbados had recorded its first two cases of the COVID-19 virus, Leader of Government Business Santia Bradshaw announced Parliament would sit on March 20.
Making reference to the announcement she said: “I believe honourable members would have heard the address by the Minister of Health a few minutes ago announcing to the country that Barbados has had its first two cases of COVID-19 and preparations have therefore been put in place for us to move as a country to stage 1.”
Pointing out that the House was in the middle of the Appropriations Bill she said: “We have therefore as a Government decided that we would move to postpone further consideration of the Appropriations Bill at this stage until Friday at 1 0a.m.”
Bradshaw appealed to Barbadians not to panic pointing out that Government had activated the national emergency operations centre and the isolation centre.
“All of the facilities are in a state of readiness,” she assured.
Opposition Leader, Joseph Atherley also appealed for calm, saying the development was not unanticipated. (MB)