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Monday, Apr 19, 2021

Mass testing ahead! Gov’t heightens restrictions amid rise in cases

Mass testing ahead! Gov’t heightens restrictions amid rise in cases

The government is planning to roll out a mass testing exercise amid news that the number of active COVID-19 cases in the territory has climbed to 13.

“This figure continues to slowly climb as the hard-working Public Health team conduct their contact tracing exercises. While no drastic actions are required at this time, it is prudent to allow the mass testings scheduled for the 6th through the 8th of April to be completed and avoid any inadvertent spread of the virus,” Health Minister Carvin Malone said in a statement on Thursday.

Cabinet has also decided to reduce the maximum allowed size of all gatherings — specifically for faith-based services, graduations, weddings, and funerals — from 175 persons to 100 persons.

Section 4 of the the Public Health (Covid-19 Control and Suppression Measures) Order, 2021.

Malone said the government has also received “very strong advice” to consider the cancellation of this weekend’s group or crowd activities.

However, Malone did not expressly state whether government will act on that advice.

“Our sea borders are on schedule to reopen on Thursday 15th April and all efforts are aimed at maintaining as safe a territory as possible. I am in contact with Health agencies and Health Ministers throughout the region and the common theme is VIGILANCE. Remember DO NOT PROCRASTINATE— VACCINATE,” Malone stated.


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