PM Browne warns workplace socialization is a significant source of COVID spread

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Prime Minister Gaston Browne said workers failing to wear their masks on the job was causing many people to become infected with the coronavirus.

 

“One of the areas that we’re very concerned about is that we see an area of vulnerability, staff to staff socialization in offices and business places in which staff members have been exposing themselves to each other,” Browne said on Pointe FM on Saturday.

 

He said workers were “wearing their masks as chin guards or in some instances just not wearing their masks around their colleagues.”

 

“That is an extremely dangerous practice, and if it is not eliminated, we could well see an uptick in the amount of active COVID cases,” the Prime Minister warned.

 

“So, we want to appeal to everyone who are working in these offices in the public and private sectors, in the business places to be a little more conscientious not to take on that level of risk to expose yourself to individuals who could well be infected with COVID.”

 

He said that workers needed to become mindful of the dangers and managers and supervisors should “insist that they wear their masks properly, not under their chins as chin guards, and to expose themselves to each other, that they socially distance as appropriate, and to also practice good hygiene etiquette.”

 

“With 421 active cases, we have to assume that everyone with whom we become in contact could be a possible carrier of COVID so that type of negligence is totally unacceptable at this time because what we’re seeking to do is to get the disease under control so that it doesn’t overwhelm our health services,” Browne said.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. And the real reason for outbreak is you turned the island into a free for all for diseased visitors. No rules, no restrictions.

    At the same time you minimized and hid that there was a lot of disease on island spreading in the community.

    You know how to solve the office socializing spread? Lockdown the country got 2 weeks and stop hiding information

    • What visitors ? The 150 tourists that got all tested ? Hahahah… this is 99% local spread, be realistic!

      • For one. So of course the imported case numbers never rise too much. But those visitors have and continuing to spread disease.

        They are giving questionable rapid tests to tourists on their way out of the country. Those results, questionable as they are, are not counted in official covid numbers.

        And 2, how do you think the original spread to the community happened, genius?

        It happened because your PM allowed indeed insisted that Antigua be a free-for-all, wide open, no rules, no restrictions playground for thousands upon thousands of people from high COVID areas

  2. Well in that case Mr. Browne can you look into why the Heads at the St. Johns Fire Station don’t limit the amount of firefighters they have on shift at the station…

  3. Sometimes I just wander… when we dislike people they are wrong no matter what..Antiguans the PM ‘z ‘vice is good…mask up and protect yourself and your colleagues on the job…your life and your family safety depend on it…

  4. Looks as if Dr. Browne as he is affectionately called by his friend Washington Bramble has all the answers to the covid situation and how it spreads etc.

  5. But the dictator and traitor Gaston said it was ok for students to be 3′ apart during classes. And look what happened, they have now closed the schools.

    The dictator and traitor needs to be removed from office. All he continues to do is screw the people of this country.

    Where are Nigel Christian’s murderers? In this small country it’s an embarrassment they can’t find them. This stinks of nefarious people at the top involved.
    Where are Nigel Christian’s murderers? In this small country it’s an embarrassment they can’t find them. This stinks of nefarious people at the top involved.
    Where are Nigel Christian’s murderers? In this small country it’s an embarrassment they can’t find them. This stinks of nefarious people at the top involved.

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