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Govt to declare public health emergency

Kendy Graham, kendygraham@nationnews.com

Added 26 March 2020

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Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley and members of Cabinet are going to Parliament tomorrow to amend the Emergency Management Act specifically in relation to public health emergencies.
 
This will allow Government to declare a public health emergency and impose a curfew.
 
Mottley, during an address to the country tonight, said Barbados had entered Stage 3 of the national response to the novel coronavirus COVID-19.
 
The confirmed cases of the virus are now at 24.
 
Mottley said the orders to be laid in Parliament and proclomations by Governor General Dame Sandra Mason are to limit the movement of people over the next few weeks.
 
The Prime Minister explained that an amendment was being used rather than the existing legislation which speaks to national disasters, insecurity or riots.
 
The first virus cases were confirmed last week.
 

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