Thursday 2 April, 2020

Bahamas Opposition calls for widespread COVID-19 testing

Opposition Leader Phillip Brave Davis says the Bahamas Government’s coronavirus (COVID-19) measures are contradictory and may pose more challenges than providing solutions.

He questioned Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ decision to shut down public transport when Bahamians who are employed in essential sectors require the service to get to work.

Brave’s Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) has set up a COVID-19 task-force and he has urged the Government to begin widespread testing for the virus that has already infected three people on the island.

Brave said: “They must do so in order to act on imperial evidence.”

Meanwhile, PLP Senator Dr Michael Darville and Co-Chair of the PLP COVID-19 task force Dr Melissa Evans issued a joint statement where they called on the Government to implement proper social distancing protocols for the country’s over 20,000 public servants.

Specifically, they are recommending:

1) Workers with pre-existing chronic health conditions in the ‘non- essential services’ category be directed to work from home wherever possible.

2) For those workers for whom it is essential to work in offices, clear guidelines and protocols be immediately implemented.

“This is critical to ensure a successful outcome against the escalation of COVID-19 infections,” the doctors said.

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