Friday Says “Information Is key To Preventing Panic Among Our People”

Statement On Corona Virus By Dr Godwin Friday

There is great public concern about the Corona Virus, the potential risks it poses and about our country’s level of preparedness to deal with them.

The alarm was initially raised when a cruise ship was allowed to dock at Kingstown but was not permitted to dock in other Caribbean ports as a precautionary measure.

We have also heard that at least 17 persons have been placed under quarantine as a measure to guard against the potential spread of the virus.

The international alarm caused by the crisis, the mounting death toll in China is good reasons for us to be extremely cautious in relation to this matter and to take every reasonable precaution to protect the public.

The health officials must keep the public constantly informed about any new developments and about the measures that are implemented to prevent the virus from becoming a health problem in SVG.

Information is key to prevent speculation and panic among our people.  The Government needs to do a better job of informing the public and of preparing for any appearance of the virus here.

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