Posted on

LIVE UPDATES: COVID Management March 11, 2021


[email protected]

LIVE UPDATES: COVID Management March 11, 2021
Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley. (GP)

Social Share

Key points and live updates from the March 11, 2021 COVID management press conference featuring Prime Minister Mia Mottley and Minister of Health Jeffrey Bostic.

Prime Minister Mia Mottley

  • There were 19 positive cases – 7 males 12 females – yesterday.
  • Thirty-eight people are being released.
  • There have been steady declines recently in the number of new cases.
  • New confirmed cases in last 2 weeks under review are: 520.
  • This represents a 46 per cent decrease over the last 2 weeks.
  • As at 4 p.m. today, we have done 50 621 vaccinations.
  • There was a great demand for vaccines.
  • You can get vaccines but the prices are greater than you would otherwise pay.
  • We are prepared to purchase outside those we have already committed to receive from COVAX.
  • We expect the first tranche of 33 600 from COVAX in the near future.
  • 5 000 more vaccines were received from Guyana today.
  • This means we will be able to continue the vaccine programme.
  • We expect we can turn the corner by having vaccines on demand for Barbadians.
  • We will continue to treat the elderly, those with chronic NCDs.
  • We agreed to expand on the frontline workers.
  • Some people who said no before said they want to be vaccinated.
  • Will expand to 3 new communities and start to give vaccines to people in those communities to disrupt the virus from having a host.
  • We are using a multiple approach to these matters
  • We agreed to expand the testing.
  • Barbados committed to paying for vaccines.
  • A Supplemental will be going to Parliament next week so we are in a position to pay for the vaccines.
  • The Vaccine Fund has been set up and details will be shared.
  • Next week March 17 will be one year we recorded our first COVID-19 case.
  • Barbados is not out of the woods, but we are trending in the right direction,
  • There will be some liberalising of restrictions and I ask all Barbadians not to drop your guard.
  • The Prime Minister indicated she has been touring the country and there appears to be greater compliance. She thanked Barbadians for their cooperation.
  • Coming out of a meeting of Cabinet today, the curfew will now be from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Sunday remains closed to supermarkets and commercial activity.
  • Work resumes for the most part on March 15, 2021.
  • What remains closed: Gyms, pleasure craft, charters, team sports/contact sports, squash, table tennis.
  • Diving, golf, hiking, walking are allowed.
  • Barbers, hairdressers, aestheticians are open.
  • Restaurants can open up for in-house dining.
  • Fast food restaurants will continue, but no in-house dining.
  • No congregating around the bars.
  • Transportation: 60 per cent restriction will move to 75 per cent, but masks must be worn.
  • Day nurseries/day care facilities will be opened.
  • Meetings surrounding the arrangements for schools will be held next week.
  • The Prime Minister appealed to people to follow the protocols.
  • Companies must put compliance officers in place.
  • Businesses may reopen but curfews remain in place.
  • People can go back to work.
  • The numbers for weddings/funerals/church service will now be 75 (maximum). No wedding receptions.
  • People must be able to be 6ft apart.
  • No change in beach access.
  • No change in exercise times.
  • The only way we will get through this is if we stay together.
  • When we drop our guard, the chances of fighting this pandemic drops significantly.
  • The Attorney General will draft the directive.