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Oct 6, 2020

Briceño Shares P.U.P.’s Plan to Deal with the COVID-19 Pandemic

John Briceño

More than two thousand two hundred cases of COVID-19 cases are confirmed and four more deaths have been recorded in the past twenty-four hours in the north and the number of cases continues to rise every day. Many persons have criticized the government’s handling of the pandemic as being reactive and disorganized. The People’s United Party says that the government has failed in many areas in dealing with COVID-19. Leader John Briceño says that his party has a strategy to curb the growing number of cases. He says that the party will start by administering tests in a proper and quick manner and ensure that patients with the virus self-isolate properly.

 

John Briceño, Opposition Leader 

“I think there are a number of areas where we are failing. I think we are not doing enough tests and tests have to be a lot quicker. You can’t test somebody and then they test you and you have to wait five, six, seven days to get the result. We need to be able to find that you can get your test within twenty four hours. That is the first thing. Secondly, while many people will tell you that it is not wise to shut down the entire economy because of the pain it puts on everyone but we need to find a system where if you have found that you have COVID that we can do one of two things. A, we can go and check your home to see if you can be self isolated. See many people don’t understand that self isolation doesn’t mean stay at home. It means stay in a room by yourself. What we are seeing in Orange Walk where we are in some families going through the fourth round of infections because they don’t do proper self isolation. That is one. Two that if you don’t have the ability to self isolate in your house because it could be a small house or it could be a lot of people then I think we need to put them in a room. The hotels are close so put them in a hotel room so they can be isolated, for the entire time that they are sick and between the Ministry of Health and the family can make ensure the sick persons get food. These are some of the common sense approaches that we need to be able to take to address this issue. The issue of the mask, I was the first one at the NOC pushing that we need to wear masks and they finally did it. But now the fines, the fees that they charge on people that don’t have a mask, I think it is excessive. It is about five thousand dollars. I think we need to reduce those but at the same time stiffen up so that you would make sure that you will wear a mask.”


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