Kingstown (One News St. Vincent) – “The received scientific learning and wisdom of the nature of Covid-19 is that it is not a death sentence like HIV/AIDS in an earlier period and more recently, Ebola.”, said Prime Minister Gonsalves.
In a national address on Wednesday, Dr. Gonsalves said “Some 80 percent of those who are infected by Covid-19 will have a mild infection and recover well and in good time. Only a small percentage of those who are actually infected will suffer significantly and an even smaller percentage of persons, particularly with severe preexisting conditions such as respiratory and heart ailments, diabetes and hypertension will succumb fatally to the virus. “
The responsive health initiatives have thus been taken with all these factual matrices in mind” – Dr. Gonsalves added.
While acknowledging that the virus is a serious threat, Dr. Gonsalves decried the fear and hysteria which he said has characterized much of the response to the virus.
“We recognize that some may die from it, others may die with it. It is a serious threat for life, living and production. We acknowledge too that the human fear of Covid-19 may be far greater than the actual effect of the disease itself. This fear has taken the scourge of coronavirus into some uncharted waters and has scared the consciousness of much of the public in our country” – Dr. Gonsalves said.
According to CNN, as of March 25, the Coronavirus death toll has topped 20,000. “More than 472,000 people have been infected by the virus and over 21,000 have died, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University” -CNN reported.
“Nearly a third of the world’s population are living under coronavirus-related movement restrictions” – CNN reported.
Up to press time, there was only one confirmed case of Covid-19 in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.