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CARICOM leaders to meet on virus response this week

Published:Monday | April 13, 2020 | 12:00 AM


CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY (CARICOM) leaders will meet on Wednesday to discuss the socio-economic impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the region, Chairman Mia Mottley has announced.

Mottley, who is also the prime minister of Barbados, said that the summit was necessary given the impact the virus, which has killed more than 113,000 people worldwide since it was first detected in China last December, has had on the Caribbean.

In an address to Barbadians on the weekend, Mottley sad that CARICOM “probably will have to have a common public health protocol and common border policy”.

Every CARICOM country has reported cases of the virus, for which there is no cure or vaccine. Many regional countries have implemented lockdowns, curfews and others measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

Barbados is among CARICOM countries that have also registered deaths from the virus. The other CARICOM countries recording deaths include Jamaica, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, and Haiti.