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Jun 25, 2020

Lessons Learned from Jamaica and Antigua

Dean Barrow

Are there any lessons to be learned from Jamaica and Antigua; both countries opened their airports a few weeks ago and have seen a spike in imported COVID-19 cases.  Despite the increase in cases in those island nations, PM Barrow says Belize’s circumstances are different since our testing at the P.G.I.A. will involve a two-pronged approach.


Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“Take Antigua where there was that huge spike, they were not doing anything but random testing.  We are doing a double-barreled testing on the international visitors, on the tourists and we are doing a PCR, extremely reliable test on the Belizeans.  So our circumstances are fundamentally different from those of both Jamaica and Antigua.  We don’t dismiss what has happened in those two countries but we see where our trajectory is likely to be much different because of the fundamental difference in approach.  They went notwithstanding, in my view, not having in place the kind of plethora of extremely stringent protocols that we are putting in place.  So while their numbers are alarming, they don’t frighten me to the extent of having me reconsider, second guess this August fifteenth reopening date.  It is fixed; it is firm but of course if something dramatic were to happen we must reserve the right to change again.”

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