From left: Minister of Tourism Kerrie Symmonds, Senator Lisa Cummins, acting chief medical officer Dr Anton Best, Prime Minister Mia Mottley and Minister of Health Jeffrey Bostic. At right is Bonnie Leonce, who is interpreting for the hearing-impaired. (Picture by Jameel Springer)
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The following are key points from the daily briefing on the COVID-19 coronavirus by the Government of Barbados. Prime Minister Mia Mottley led the announcement at Ilaro Court this afternoon.
- Three new positive COVID-19 tests were recorded by the lab here in Barbados.
- One is the husband of a woman who tested positive.
- The second is a 60-year-old Barbadian man who came in from New York over the weekend.
- The third test came on the request from a cruise ship. That person, a male crew member, never came ashore.
- Contact tracing and testing continue.
- There is to be no shore leave from that cruise ship.
- The Government of Barbados will continue to facilitate the flights out for cruise passengers.
- The last flight leaves on Sunday.
- Any person arriving from New York, Europe or the United Kingdom will be quarantined for 14 days, and in the case of Barbadians, will have to undergo self-quarantine.
- That quarantine system will go into effect on Sunday, March 22.
- There will be a significant reduction in flights. WestJet finishes on Saturday, Air Canada finishes in “ten days or so” and American Airlines will soon cease flights until early May.
- The air and sea ports will not be closed because the island still needs to have access to the outside world.
- A meeting with the unions and the private sector yesterday concluded the borders should not be closed, but there will be a significant reduction in traffic.
- The Prime Minister appealed to those over 70 years to stay at home, and those with underlying conditions should consult their doctor about staying home.
- The Prime Minister said Harrison’s Point, St Lucy, should finish in two or three weeks.
- Minister of Tourism Kerrie Symmonds will address the nation at a later date.
- Barbados is still in Stage 1.