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LIVE UPDATES: April 22, 2021

LIVE UPDATES: April 22, 2021
Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley speaking of the cleanup operations for the airport and the country’s roads yesterday afternoon. (Picture by Jameel Springer)

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Key points and live updates from the April 22, 2021 media conference by Prime Minister Mia Mottley.

Minister of Health Jeffrey Bostic

  • The positivity rate is about 2 per cent over the last 7 days.
  • The aim was to record 25 positive COVID-19 cases per 100 000.
  • It is around 39 per 100 000, lower than the last time, but there is still work to be done.
  • He thanked the members of the church in the north who heeded the call and presented themselves for testing.
  • Some tested positive and part of the statistics over the past two days.
  • We depend on each person to play their part.
  • There are 11 positive cases from the security guard cluster at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. There is a direct link to the church in the north.
  • There are three cases from a day nursery.
  • These are being managed, with people being testing and awaiting second test results.
  • He appealed to all to follow the protocols and report any matters to authorities to deal with them quickly.


Attorney General Dale Marshall

  • A new set of directives – Directive #10 will be issued.
  • Parliament was recalled from Easter recess at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow to extend the current state of emergency by 5 months.
  • It starts from April 27 to September 25, 2021.


Prime Minister Mia Mottley

  • There have been improvements week by week with the COVID situation.
  • We will continue to gradually open.
  • We recognize the cases we are still having are linked to behaviour Minister Bostic has indicated.
  • The new measures will run for three weeks, from April 27 to May 17, 2021.
  • This is subject to Parliament tomorrow and agreeing to matters to be addressed.


  • During this period
  • Extending curfew Thursday to Sunday – starts midnight and ends at 5 a.m.
  • Monday to Wednesday – remains no curfew
  • Drive in and cinemas will reopen
  • Churches – communion can take place
  • Baptism can resume with masks and face shields can resume.
  • Where possible, baptisms can take place outside
  • No picnics/parties or excursions on the bank holidays – April 28 and May 1
  • No restrictions on the beach or park
  • You cannot be involved in karaoke or feting.
  • The bank holidays should be a time to continue the cleanup.
  • All sporting activities can resume for practice only and training only
  • Essential support personnel can be there
  • Not yet in a position to allow some sports like basketball, netball etc.
  • Nightclubs, and those purporting to be a nightclubs, will not be allowed to operate
  • Because of the dust problem, the opening of schools is affected
  • Schools resume online on April 27
  • Teachers report for duty online on April 26
  • We are dealing with the water issue.
  • We insisted the BWA increase the delivery of water
  • And more tanks are put into the field so communities without water would be immediately serviced.
  • The BWA purchased a number of trucks and asked them to increase the number.
  • Mottley asked the BWA to increase communication to affected communities
  • We are purchasing water from Dominica
  • We are in the process of purchasing 2 to two and a half million gallons of water a week
  • We are doing well, we are still not where we need to be, we can get there.
  • Continue to stay the course and we will get there