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Atherley supports extending public health emergency, but cautions Govt

ANTOINETTE CONNELL, [email protected]

Atherley supports extending public health emergency, but cautions Govt

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Leader of the Opposition Bishop Joseph Atherley has told the Government not to use the highly contagious novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as a cover to put certain measures on Barbadians.

Neither, said Atherley, should the Barbados Labour Party use its large parliamentary numbers to “achieve such nefarious ends” as putting strictures in place that would not normally find favour with the population.

He was speaking today as Parliament met and extended the public health emergency proclamation until June 30 in relation to COVID-19, a pandemic that has claimed 194 994 worldwide.

Under the public health emergency there is a 24-hour curfew until May 3 with movement during this period limited to essential workers and those given exemptions to carry on business. There have been 77 positive tests for COVID-19 here and six deaths.

Atherley said he was supporting the lengthening of the public health emergency, recognising that Government could have gone for a longer period since the situation is fluid and the virus not fully understood. He said some other international governments used the cover of various forms of emergencies to extend its life or implement measures that would not find the approval of the public or the consent of parliaments. (AC)


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