The Government of Barbados makes no apologies for continuing to allow flights into the country, even after identifying the first case of COVID-19.
Acting Prime Minister Santia Bradshaw today stoutly defended the Mia Mottley-led administration for its course of action, as the country recorded its third COVID-19-related death and the number of cases rose by three overnight to 63.
Asked today if Government should have handled the situation differently by banning commercial flights, Bradshaw contended that the right decision had been made.
“I can’t say that there is a regret. I think you have to deal with the situation as the situation has confronted us. We have a number of persons and the cases would have reflected a number of Barbadians also who had gone outside of Barbados and returned to Barbados. If you’re saying we should have closed our borders to Barbadians returning home, well I think that is a matter of your personal opinion.
“But I believe that we tried to accommodate as best as we could, persons returning to Barbados. We put in place all of the necessary mechanisms. Based on the data and the evidence available to us at the time it was not therefore necessary for us to be able to have such drastic measures,” Bradshaw insisted.
“As you would see across the world and certainly in Barbados, a number of the flights have pretty much been cancelled and right now we are at the position where our borders pretty much are closed to those particular passengers. So I don’t think there is regret on the Barbados Government’s part. We have been guided from the outset of this based on the medical evidence.”
Bradshaw said what was also very important to note was that Barbados could not be compared to other countries.
She said Barbados was a very unique country and several factors had to be taken into consideration.
“I think the other thing you have to realize is that Barbados, perhaps better than some of its counterparts in the rest of the region, not only has an adequate supply of our public health officers but we have been in communication with our international partners and they have also guided the process.
“We believe we have been in a position where we have been readying Barbados for these things and we had to take measures based on where we were.
“We are not like the other islands and I think Barbadians need to appreciate that. Barbados is very sophisticated in its handling of these measures and in particular in the healthcare sector and we are pretty much better off than a lot of other places. So no regrets at this stage from the Barbados Government,” Bradshaw said.
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