Key Points From the Ministry of Health’s Virtual Media Conference – Monday October 26th 2020

  • Principal Medical Officer of Institutions, Dr. Maryam Richards indicated that 240 nationals have been repatriated in the last 7 days and 280 persons are set to be repatriated this week from Miami, New York and Barbados.
  • Dr. Richards also addressed the issue of the quarantine capacity for Repatriated Nationals and stated that one of the limiting factors for repatriation is the 2 week “airing out” period of any spaces that hosted a Covid-19 person after sanitization.
  • Technical Director of Epidemiology, Dr. Avery Hinds provided an update on Covid-19 statistics and stated that even though the cases have plateaued, they have not disappeared completely and the Ministry is aiming to increase the rate of decline of new occurrences of cases, in spite of the relaxation of restrictions. Dr. Hinds called for citizens to practice personal responsibility to ensure that the cases stay down.