Responding to the spike in new coronavirus cases, the Shadow Minister said there had been many unheeded warnings from the Opposition and several other stakeholders to take into account common-sense measures and to foster an atmosphere inclusiveness as a response to forging a national approach.
“The government must embrace accountability and not blame the people. There is no proper monitoring system in place for persons quarantined, as many continue to breach the order with impunity. Persons coming into the island were left on their own to interact with communities and attend events with no provision for sanctions. This kind of carelessness would automatically lead to community spread,” Dr Guy said.
The near-panic reaction to the spike and the two new quarantine areas announced were avoidable had the government taken advice and had a more inclusive policy.
He said the Prime Minister’s unseemly attempt to apportion blame on the people instead of taking responsibility could not be allowed to stand. “Who can’t hear will feel.” The Prime Minister should never be saying this about the present spike.
“This government chose to focus on public relations gimmicks creating a false narrative, giving the impression that they had things under control, leading people to believe that they were safe, hence the protocols, which were late in coming, were largely observed in the breach,” Dr Guy said.
He said the calls for pretesting of persons entering the island with the reopening of the borders were ignored and even a decision to test on entry was eventually abandoned.
Thousands of samples were collected with no test results available for months, rendering them useless. Many persons who were tested left the island before results were available. While this was happening, the nation was assured that test results would have been available within 24 -48 hours after testing.
Dr Guy said the first responders and health care workers are still short of adequate supplies of personal protective gears, even as the number of hospitalizations surges.
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