COVID-19 update and press conference
Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, Minister of Health and Wellness Jeffrey Bostic and Attorney General Dale Marshall addressed the nation during a live press conference, July 23, 2021.
Minister of Health and Wellness Jeffrey Bostic
- On July 12, there were 40 cases from 908 tests. A week later there were 7 3 06 tests with 82 positive cases.
- Positivity rate remains low – below 2 per cent.
- There were 11 positive cases from tests (1 675) done yesterday and today.
- There were four cases at Grantley Adams International Airport – some from Ministry of Health and Wellness staff and some from staff of a private entity that do meet and greet at airport.
- All cricket players and staff – first COVID-19 test results came back negative.
- Over 400 people in quarantine who are primary contacts.
- Monitoring a situation where a group came back from overseas. That is a fluid situation and occupying the Ministry of Health’s time.
- In isolation facilities, no patients in primary or secondary isolation are vaccinated.
- A significant number between 14-16 have to be oxygenated.
- Urging people to take vaccine.
Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley
- Ministry of Health says no need for lockdown.
- Curfew for two more weeks.
- Non contact training for three sports.
- Fraudulent documents will be subject to criminal procedures in court.
- Post entry audits will be done at airport. If documents cannot be verified they will be passed over to authorities.
- There are more than enough tests, more than enough capacity and medical personnel.
- Collective agreement with unions about vaccines, especially about hepatitis.
- Meeting next week with Social Partnership on uptake of vaccine policy regarding employees.
- Only a third of adult population has been vaccinated.
- More vaccines to come in August.
Hurricane Elsa response
- 2 177 house reports.
- Completed assessment of 1 391.
- 352 will have to be complete rebuilds.
- 960 will be repaired.
- Anything above 60 per cent repairs means a new house.
- 188 people require temporary accommodation
- Those who are below poverty line will be assisted by Government.
- Significant amount of work to be done.
- Contracts assigned: 19 new builds already in progress. 121 new builds to UDC and 160 by RDC.
- Government to purchase some prefab homes.