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Grenada implementing long-term State of Emergency to fight COVID-19

Published:Thursday | July 23, 2020 | 1:35 PM
Grenada Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell - Contributed photo

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, CMC – Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell says Grenadians will be living in an indefinite State of Emergency as part of measures by his administration to control and contain the spread of  COVID-19.

“We will be going to parliament with a permanent State of Emergency, a law that guides us for a period of time. I honestly believe that we should have that process in place until you have a vaccine that protects the people from being infected,” Mitchell said on Wednesday.

“Until a vaccine is found I don’t think we should lift the emergency situation completely. The protocols are still in place and therefore you have to have a legal status for any such law that is implemented,” added Mitchell, who also holds the ministerial portfolio of National Security.

“The present situation is we need it until a vaccine is found. I don’t see us removing it.”

In mid-March, Grenada laboratory-confirmed its first COVID-19 case which was imported from the United Kingdom and within days the State of Emergency was declared with 24-hour curfews.

As of mid-July, Grenada tested more than 3,000 persons for the virus.

There have been 23 confirmed cases, which have been declared medically recovered, and there were no deaths.

The island currently has no active case.

Grenada first declared a 21-day State of Emergency in March and on April 17, members of both the Lower and Upper Houses of Parliament approved an extension for six months.

Since then, there is continuous weekly or fortnightly renewal of the emergency regulations.

The current regulation is scheduled to expire on August 5.

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