Former Prime Minister Stephenson King believes that although some people may think that a declaration of a state of emergency here constitutes ‘overkill’, it was necessary to keep people in line.
The former Prime Minister spoke to reporters outside parliament Tuesday, where the house approved the state of emergency.
The measure grants the Allen Chastanet administration broad powers to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Stephenson King made reference to the disobedience to authority by Saint Lucians, especially recently.
He also spoke of their actions that suggest that it’s business as usual, despite the global COVID-19 pandemic and frenzied efforts by developed countries like the UK and the United States to contain the spread of the disease.
“I believe at this time we need to take all measures and to a great extent tighten those measures to ensure that our people are safe,” King asserted.
“Whereas in the view of many it may seem to be overkill by introducing a state of emergency, but it’s probably necessary so as to keep people in line and to understand that we are speaking about serious business,” the Castries North MP explained.
He declared that the situation was a matter of life and death.
King told reporters that everyone knows the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on the resources of developed countries in the world, far less on Saint Lucia.