Castries South MP, Dr. Ernest Hilaire, sharply criticised the government’s response to COVID-19, during an address to parliament Tuesday.
“I want to state categorically that this government’s response to COVID has been disastrous,” he declared.
Hilaire spoke as the Ministry of Health announced three new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases diagnosed in country as of Tuesday to 226.
The Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) MP recalled that at the end of September, Saint Lucia had about 27 cases.
“We heard a lot of opportunistic statements: ‘Saint Lucia is among the best in the world!'” Hilaire told parliament.
He said he kept quiet.
Hilaire noted that at a previous sitting of the house he explained that a basketball match has four quarters.
“You don’t celebrate after the first quarter. I know a football match has two halves. I don’t celebrate after the first half, but you strengthen your resolve – you prepare for what’s ahead,” the Castries South MP asserted.
“This government was saying ‘Things are so good in this country because we, the government, are doing things right,’ and the government thanked the people of Saint Lucia for cooperating with them because they were doing the right thing. But now Mr. Speaker, things are not looking so good. But you know what? It’s not their fault,” Hilaire told parliament.
“It’s the people’s fault. The people have no respect and the people must be made to pay for what’s happening in this country,” he declared.
“When it was good, it was their hard work, but when it is bad it’s the fault of the people.”
According to Hilaire, Saint Lucians were first told that it was the ‘back door’ that was causing the cases.
However he told the house that not one fisherman has yet tested positive for COVID-19.
Hilaire recalled saying he did not understand how 18,000 visitors were coming in to this country and not one had tested positive for COVID-19, whereas a few people may have entered through the ‘back door’ and are the ones bringing in the virus.
He quoted the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sharon Belmar-George, as saying that there is no link between the spread and ‘back door’.
“But they are trying to make Saint Lucians believe that it is the ‘back door’ that is causing the problem,” he observed.