Monday 1 June, 2020

Grenada PM to address nation on covid-19

Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell will address the nation on the island’s preparedness for the coronavirus.  

The address takes place tonight, March 3, as the Caribbean, which recorded cases of the coronavirus just days ago, prepares now to prevent its spread.  

A short statement attached to the announcement of the address to the nation reads: “The rapid spread of covid-19 and the increasing threat it poses, is a matter of national interest.”  

Prime Minister Dr Mitchell recently met with healthcare professionals during a tabletop exercise where he assured the government’s support, including the provision of additional resources as medical personnel spearhead frontline efforts to prevent the spread of the disease to Grenada’s shores.  

Meanwhile, the political party, National Democratic Congress, led by Franka Bernardine, believes Grenada should impose travel restrictions amid the heightened threat of covid-19.  

In a statement, the NDC says it remains concerned that commercial flights and private jet planes continue to land at the Maurice Bishop International airport from nations with confirmed coronavirus cases.  

The political party believes the government should institute a temporary but immediate ban on all flights and cruise ships arriving from countries with confirmed cases of covid-19, with the exception of any necessary transportation arrangements for the return of Grenadian students from China.  

The NDC states that it stands ready to reduce this international hazard from reaching Grenada’s shores, as it believes the failure to impose travel restrictions will with no doubt, place Grenada and its citizens at a higher risk for the coronavirus.   

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