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Atherley to Govt: Don’t put blame on the virus

SHAWN CUMBERBATCH, shawncumberbatch@nationnews.com

Added 16 March 2020


Opposition Leader Bishop Joseph Atherley. (FP)

Opposition Leader Bishop Joseph Atherley is cautioning Government not to use the coronavirus (COVID-19) as an excuse for the austerity measures it has been imposing on Barbadians.

He also wants the authorities to make sure the private sector does not inflate prices because of the pandemic.

He was speaking yesterday during the Estimates Debate as the House of Assembly reconvened at the Worthing Corporate Centre, Christ Church.

Atherley said he supported Government’s response to COVID-19, but warned: “My one caution . . . is that the Government not, in the event that we feel some significant impact of COVID by its presence in Barbados, use that as an explanation or an excuse for any shortcoming in economic out-turns in Barbados.

“I . . . believe, and the party that I lead believes . . . that prior to COVID we were going to be embarking on a period of pain and greater austerity and that Barbados would live long days before we came out on the brighter side of the situation. (SC)

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