Leader of the Opposition, Kamla Persad-Bissessar SC MP. (Image: ABRAHAM DIAZ)

Leader of the Opposition, Kamla Persad-Bissessar SC MP, is reiterating her call for Government to establish “a COVID-19 Intelligence Unit where all National Security and Health agencies will communicate and execute strategic plans and operations in unison and in real time”.

Mrs Persad-Bissessar is making the appeal once more, following the Prime Minister’s press conference on Saturday 12 September 2020, during which he announced another 28 days of restrictions to help curb the community spread of COVID-19, which the country is experiencing at present.

In an official statement, the Opposition Leader also expresses concern over what she says is Government’s failure to come up with a new and workable plan to deal with the disease properly, which has claimed some 50 lives, since it first appeared, earlier this year.

The full text of the Opposition Leader’s statement, follows…

KAMLA: GOVERNMENT HAS NO NEW PLANS TO DEAL WITH RISING COVID-19 CASES

The definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over and expecting a different result each time. As the number of COVID-19 cases explodes with rising deaths, the Rowley regime is simply repeating the same tired propaganda lines over and over. 

This, according to Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar, SC, MP, who issued the following statement:

It is now depressingly clear to all citizens that the Government has no clear and focused plan to adequately deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the Prime Minister addressed the nation today [Saturday 12th], he said, “We could take some comfort that our situation has not worsened.” This, in spite of the fact that in the last month, we’ve seen an increase from 153 cases and 8 deaths to 2,076 cases and 50 deaths.

Rowley has once again offered no new plans to curb the rising rate of infection.  Today, at the end of his Government’s 28-day cycle of lockdown measures, he announced yet another 28-day cycle of the same measures that have already presided over exponential growth in COVID-19 cases.

The Government continues to blame everyone else but their failed response to this pandemic.

The Opposition is pleased that the Government accepted our suggestion to purchase over 100,000 rapid testing kits, however, when asked today [Saturday 12th] on their availability for use, Minister Deyalsingh said he had to wait “for the manufacturer.”

Citizens continue to complain about the lengthy time taken to receive their test results which again limits our capacity to obtain true data and control the virus spread.

The UNC resubmits the following suggestions for the immediate steps that can be taken that are scientifically proven to slow the spread of the virus:

  1. The establishment of a COVID-19 Intelligence Unit where all National Security and Health agencies will communicate and execute strategic plans and operations in unison and in real time.
  2. Deploy teams of Health Officers to ensure COVID-19 regulations’ compliance by businesses and the public.
  3. Additionally, increase stocks of PPE for our frontline workers, and increase the number of beds available for patients suffering from more serious symptoms.

The Government must act decisively and not with an “It’s bad all around the world” mentality.

The Opposition continues to urge citizens to follow the public health guidelines and take the necessary measures to protect themselves and their families.