By Demion McTair Updated 9:08 p.m., Thursday, 9 April 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4)
St. Georges, Grenada (ON SVG) – Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. Keith Mitchell has expressed concern, in a public health context, about the safety of the people of Carriacou and Petite Martinique as the borders of St. Vincent and the Grenadines remain open.
At a press conference held on April 6, 2020, to update Grenadians about Covid-19 measures, Dr. Mitchell said “St. Vincent has not locked down their borders. I have to speak to that because I have to be concerned about life”.
“I cannot tell the leadership of St. Vincent what to do, but if their decision affects the life of the people of Carriacou and Petite Martinique, I have to be concerned” – He added.
There is deep integration between Grenada’s islands – Carriacou and Petite Martinique, and the Grenadine islands belonging to St. Vincent, in terms of family ties, tourism and trade.
“A lot of people get food stuff from St. Vincent and therefore, one has to be careful. The borders between St. Vincent, The Grenadines and Petite Martinique is almost open. The Commissioner and his people would have to be doing a lot more work” – Dr. Mitchell said.
“The fact is, if we close our borders because of the possibility of infection, whether it’s from a Caribbean country or whether it’s from the United States, or China, or Russia, or where ever in the country it comes from, we have to protect our people” – Dr. Mitchell added.
Regarding his comments on the issue, Prime Minster Mitchell said “I know it’s controversial, but I am not the type who like to hold my mouth when I see something is absolutely necessary to speak about”.
“So, we have to protect our brothers and sisters in Carriacou and Petite Martinique from what is taking place in the Grenadines at this particular time” – the Grenadian Prime Minister said.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines, as at Thursday April 9, recorded 12 confirmed cases of Covid-19, all of which are imported. Up to the same period, Grenada has also recorded 12 cases with 47 samples pending.
Dr. Mitchell’s full comment can be found here: