Kingstown (One News St. Vincent) – Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Political Leader of the New Democratic Party (NDP) – Dr. Godwin Friday called on the government to close the country’s borders.
In an address on Wednesday, Dr. Friday said “I am very concerned that our government has still not heeded calls to close our seaports and airports to all non-essential travel and commerce. Nearly all the other Caribbean countries and many countries worldwide have seen it fit to do so”.
“Closing the country’s boarders is a critical step in reducing the spread of the virus. My friends, it makes sense to secure our borders for a while. This will allow us to deal with the situation inside the country without having also to deal with new arrivals and worry about what might come in on the next flight, or on the yachts that enter our ports at Wallilabou, Kingstown and Blue Lagoon” – Dr. Friday added.
According to Dr. Friday, the current case count should not lull us a false sense of security.
“For even if we manage to put out a spark in our own house, we must aknowledge that the fire continues to rage outside and that it still threthens to engulf us. In fact, that threat grows greater, not less day by day” – Dr. Friday added.
Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said last Wednesday, all airports and seaports in St. Vincent and the Grenadines remain open, except for Chateaubelair which is temporarily closed.
But, there is much enhanced border control and surveillance of persons with symptoms of Covid-19 and other persons of health interest, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves told the nation in an address.
“The immigration officers and the health personnel at the airports and ports of entry work closely with each other on this matter” – Dr. Gonsalves said.
Some regional countries have implemented border restrictions, including Grenada which now as 10 confirmed cases.
The number of confirmed cases in the Caribbean have been increasing.