Prime Minister Gaston Browne said the government might discontinue the curfew if there is a significant reduction in new cases and an excellent response to the government’s vaccination programme.
The curfew has been in force continually, in varying lengths, since March last year.
“We know that some of the measures, including the curfew, which we had to expand, that they are creating difficulties for our people. I know that, in some instances, livelihoods have been affected but based on the trend that we’re seeing now, it’s possible that, you know, those measures will come to an end soon”, he said on Point FM on Saturday.
“This is assuming that individuals remain responsible, and we’re able to reduce the spread of COVID and possibly get the spread down to maybe single digits, maybe less than three,” he said.
“As soon as we’re able to get it under control through the existing measures plus the vaccination that we’re promoting, then evidently, we’ll move towards reopening.”
The Prime Minister said this would perhaps include “eliminating the curfew and reopening the country fully”, which he said was “very important.”
“So, yes, we know that people are hurting, but those individuals who have been displaced temporarily, the bar owners and so on and even restaurant operators, they must understand that the government is prioritizing protecting lives.”
The Prime Minister said the measures were working and “already we have seen a reduction in the amount of individuals who visit the hospital for, at least COVID patients who visit the hospital.”
According to Browne, “There has been a 50% or more reduction in the rate of individuals who are infected with COVID and is seeking medical treatment.”
He said the government was “asking for some patience from our people.”
“I believe that very shorty especially if the vaccinations go well and we have the kind of take-up that we have seen and the kind of enthusiasm that we’re seeing within the last few days and the urgency in which a number of nationals are treating the vaccination process, I can say that we probably would be in far better space within the next 30 to 60 days,” the Prime Minister said.
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