Statement By The Leader Of the Opposition
Responding To The Prime Minister’s Statement On Covid 19
For Immediate Release
3 April 2020
This afternoon you heard the p m say he consulted with me on the additional measures that he announced this evening which shuts down the country from 8 p m. this evening until Monday morning 6 April at 5 a m.
I wish to say our supporters, people of goodwill and all Bahamians that we base our decisions about support on the evidence. The professional people indicated that they needed a more complete time of quiet and public inactivity in order to defeat the virus. We are asking all to give these measures time to work.
I want to assure you however that our concern remains for the poor and needy. There are people who have no food. We must prepare to feed these people and provide support for them. We made it plain to the prime minister our concern for them. The Opposition also continues to stand by its previously held positions of comprehensive testing. These isolation measures cannot be successful unless there is such testing.
We now repeat our pledge of critical support of these measures. We want the country to succeed. We stand ready to encourage broad support of the measures outlined but we remain watchful on behalf of the public.