Cabinet holds emergency meeting

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CABINET ROOM, June 2019

The Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda will meet in an emergency session today.

Government’s Chief of Staff Lionel ‘max’ Hurst says one of the items on the agenda is an extension of the curfew hours.

Over the weekend Prime Minister Gaston Browne placed the nation on notice that stricter measures including extending curfew hours are likely to be announced this week.

Browne said this is in direct response to residents disregarding COVID-19 protocols.

“We hoped to see a reduction in the number of active COVID cases as a result of the measures we would have taken in the last two weeks but unfortunately the active COVID cases continue to increase rapidly, literally exceeding the recoveries.

“The increase in COVID cases is obviously due to the negligence and complacency of our people. It is due to people not being compliant with the protocols and we are fully aware that individuals continue to have private parties. Even in public we have seen many of them violating the protocols and the laws and regulations of the country,” he said.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. The government really and truly thought moving the curfew from 11PM to 8PM was gonna keep down the covid number????? really???? The people in charge????

  2. A prolonged stricter curfew isn’t going to solve anything. Its only going to put more people out of business. The night-time businesses have already suffered enough, now you’re going to limit business in the day too? If you want to make any impact, give the public a weeks notice to prepare, then do a complete lockdown for 2 weeks, then open up again with protocols that are ENFORCED. Give people tickets on the spot for not wearing masks and social distancing!

  3. The bottom line is CLOSE DOWN THE DAMN COUNTRY. TAKE HEED, LEST YE FALL, AND TRUST ME ITS AS THIS MAN WANTS PPL TO PAY WITH THEIR LIVES IN ORDER FOR HIS POCKET TO BE FILLED. NONSENSE. MR PM PLZ TAKE HEED TO DR ROBERTS ARTICLE, AND STOP HOPING THAT HE IS DEAD WRONG, BCUZ ITS AS IF U REALLY WANT PPL TO DIE. STRICTER PROTOCOLS AINT SOLVING SHIT.

  4. Unfortunately, it will probably be more nonsensical protocols like they have trotted out for 13 months, which do absolutely nothing to stem the tide of COVID-19 infections.

    But will place more blame on individual citizens and not on the policymakers who created this disaster in the first place.

    Keep it simple. Don’t reinvent the wheel. Do what they are doing or have done in countries who have control of the virus –

    1. A real lockdown with closed borders for 1 month.

    2. Provide financial and food support to the needy.

    3. Let restaurants and supermarkets remain open with normal hours and ramping up delivery

    4. When you reopen the island test and quarantine EVERYONE who enters. EVERYONE whether by private plane or commercial plane or yacht, etc.

    • Yes agree. All over the world there has been a war between business interests screaming to reopen and the bulk of the population in the respective country concerned about their health. Where Governments have a lockdown for a month or 2 they control the virus and then there is sustained reopening and life can go back to normal. Where this didn’t happen eg Antigua and the US, we have half measures that half close things down, reopen too son, cases go up again and then we need another lockdown. Opening and closing and then reopening all the time is worse for business than a singe effective lockdown. The government knew this from the start. Now we see Moderna man telling us a lockdown could last a matter of years. No country in the world has locked down for more than a month or 2 , the virus has only been around a little over a year, so please stop with the scare tactics

      • Where governments have acted decidedly to protect lives those people are for the most part living normal lives now.

        So it’s simply a tough 1 month lockdown and then back to almost normal life.

        Or it’s like Antigua and the US etc have chosen. No sensible protocols but almost a year with the citizens suffering under increasingly restrictive measures which don’t really help and the virus is still raging out of control.

        I’ve stayed home alone for nearly a year because the government won’t act decisively lives.

        So people are dying and we are living more and more restricted lives. It’s a lose-lose solution.

      • Like you said, no country has lockdown for a year.

        New Zealand closed borders with total lockdown for 4 weeks.

        They got their cases down to 0.

        And then they reopened and citizens went back to normal life WITHOUT masks and restrictions.

        The NZ government also strictly protects the border quarantine and testing all who are allowed to enter.

        Recently 3 cases popped up and the government springs into action to stamp those out and then back to pretty much normal life.

        There’s a way to defeat this virus but Antigua’s way is not it.

  5. How recent is this picture? If it is current, why are they not wearing masks?

    If govt was really serious about this COVID, they would close the borders but it is clear they can’t afford to because they need the tourist money. And all the time dictator and traitor Gaston was saying he was an economic power house. All he has done is lied and pilfered money from Antigua.

    Dictator and traitor Gaston must go.

    Where are Nigel Christian’s murderers?
    Where are Nigel Christian’s murderers?
    Where are Nigel Christian’s murderers?

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