Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Get Used To It: Weekend Shutdowns For Whole Of April, Easter Written Off By Five-Day ‘Stay In’

A long line outside of Super Value in Winton on Monday. Photo: Shawn Hanna/Tribune staff

By RASHAD ROLLE
Tribune Senior Reporter
rrolle@tribunemedia.net

ANOTHER nationwide lockdown will begin at 9pm on Wednesday and last until 5am next Tuesday as the country fights the novel coronavirus, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced in the House of Assembly yesterday.

“We will experience five days of pain, but a lifetime of resolution,” he said.

He said such strong measures are needed because some people did not listen to warnings to take the COVID-19 threat seriously. Health officials, he said, need time to identify super-spreaders of the virus who may be asymptomatic. He also warned the increase in unemployment as a result of economic fallout from the disease will be “tremendous and greater than most of us have seen in our lifetime.”

Dr Minnis, pictured, acknowledged the five-day lockdown could be especially painful for poor people who may not have a stock of food supplies.  Read more >>