By: Demion McTair. Updated 4:40 p.m., Monday April 27, 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4)
Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – The Ministry of National Mobilisation is rolling out the payment of an interim assistance benefit of $200 per month for 9 months to 500 persons.
In his daily updates about his ministry’s Covid-19 response, Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment, Senator Luke Browne posted on facebook today, “this benefit is available to individuals who receive neither pension nor public assistance”.
The assistance to such persons comes after the passage of the Supplementary Appropriations Bill a few weeks ago.
The measure was aimed primarily at injecting stimulus into areas of the economy impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
FULL TEXT OF THE MINISTER’S POST ON HIS OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE:
Morning Updates on COVID-19 Pandemic and the National Response for Monday, April 27, 2020:
1. A 15th confirmed case of COVID-19 and 4 additional recoveries were announced over the weekend. We therefore have experienced 8 recoveries to date and currently have 7 active cases. The Chief Medical Officer has described the last 3 confirmed cases as a cluster arising from import related local transmission. The Ministry continues to be focused on containing the spread of this disease.
2.This morning First Caribbean International Bank donated $27,000.00 to the Ministry for the response to COVID-19.
3.The Ministry of National Mobilisation is rolling out the payment of an interim assistance benefit of $200 per month for 9 months to 500 persons. This benefit is available to individuals who receive neither pension nor public assistance.
4.We have seen local initiative in the response to COVID-19 including the production of face shields by 3D printing company Vincy Makers and 100% cotton cloth masks by KMK Fashion. We commend the visionary proprietors of these establishments who said they were motivated by a desire to do something to help their country.
5. An advisory encouraging the use of cloth/homemade facemasks by the general population has been issued. This is being recommended “as a precautionary measure where physical distancing of at least 3 feet is not consistently feasible.” It applies to settings of public transportation, hair salons/barbershops, banks and other scenarios. See advisory for more details.
We will beat this coronavirus pandemic together. Our faith will see us through. This could be our finest hour. Thank you.