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Aug 3, 2020

PM Dean Barrow Upset with Border Jumpers

Dean Barrow

Today at the National Assembly building, Prime Minister Dean Barrow expressed his frustration with border jumpers, who continue to present serious threats. Most of the persons infected with COVID-19 are either border jumpers or have been in contact with someone who crossed illegally.  Contrabandistas continue to operate along the northern and western borders, Belizeans continue to hop the border over to Melchor, Botes and other Guatemalan and Mexican communities along the porous borders.  Law enforcement authorities here are spread far too thin and have been unable to curb such illegal activities.  Even the hefty fine attached to border jumping has not deterred Belizeans from illegally crossing the border. Health officials are anticipating that border jumpers will be the cause of a spread in the country and today, PM Barrow says that if the grave situation worsens, the government will be forced to shut down the country once more.

 

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“Look at how absolutely undisciplined.  Look at how absolutely heedless and oblivious our own people are to what we have put in place locally before you talk about the arrival of tourists. Half of the people who have gotten COVID 19 in this country they have gotten it why? Because of either being border jumpers themselves or mingling with border jumpers. The bottom line is Madam Speaker while the Leader of the Opposition is right and we have to learn to live with this thing. When our own behaviour will provoke a situation in which we are swamped we are going to have to g back to lockdown if this continues. Initially, in particular areas. Ultimately, if we don’t stop and get our act together the whole country is going into lock down again. What is that going to do to our economy? Madam Speaker let me not appear to he quarrelling with the Belizean public but it is upsetting.”


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