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COVID-19 update and press conference

COVID-19 update and press conference
Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley. (GP)

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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.