Press Release:- The Government of Saint Lucia continues to disrespect and fail the people. On 31st January, the latest 10 day COVID-19 protocols were set to expire.
Citizens awaited an “Update to the Nation” but instead were shocked by images of the Prime Minister campaigning in Choiseul – violating COVID-19 protocols.
According to the “Prohibition of All Social Gatherings” “… in public and private settings individuals are to limit their contact to their immediate households…” Whilst citizens are being patrolled and fined for breaking COVID-19 protocols, the Prime Minister continues to set a poor example and demonstrate his belief that he does not have to follow rules.
In the absence of the live “ Update to the Nation”, a press statement from the Office of the Prime Minister informed anxious Saint Lucians that the expiring COVID-19 protocols would be extended for an additional 3 days.
On the day when the country recorded its highest number of cases, 216 along with 2 deaths and the expiring of the 10 day COVID-19 protocols – the disdain of the Prime Minister for the people was very evident.
This, at a time when our health care professionals are overwhelmed, our citizens are frightened and Saint Lucians need hope.
However, in the face of the acute health and economic emergency gripping the country, the Government remains dismissive of the much needed 7 point rescue plan proposed by the Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Philip J. Pierre to mitigate the COVID 19 crisis.
This plan offers confidence, hope and a science based opportunity to push back on the current COVID 19 wave swamping the country.
We once again call on the Government to act swiftly on the following proposals:
1. Expand Testing and Tracing
2. Expand Treatment Capacity
3. Rethink Travel and Tourism Measures
4. Revise the Partial Shutdown
5. Protect our Education Sector
6. Quickly Implement a Vaccination Programme
7. Implement an Economic and Social Relief Programme
The Government needs to act and to act responsibly; our lives depend on it.
In the meantime, we continue to ask citizens to wear their masks; practice physical distancing, and wash or sanitize hands regularly.
If you have symptoms, self-quarantine, get tested and remember to be our brother’s keeper.