Posted: Friday, April 24, 2020. 3:49 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: On April 23, 2020, the Prime Minister announced that the Government will convene a meeting of the House of Representatives on Monday 27 April, 2020 to extend the current State of Emergency for a further 60 days.
According to the Prime Minister, during the 60 days, the Government will be gradually relaxing the restrictions imposed to mitigate and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The last reported positive case in Belize was on April 13, 2020.
The PUP says that it has consulted medical experts who have advised that if there are no new positive cases for the next 30 days, it would be safe to lift the State of Emergency.
Therefore, the PUP says that it supports the 30 -day state of emergency and based on expert advice, the PUP strongly recommends that social distancing measures remain in force, good hygiene be practiced at home, at workplaces, and in general.
“We also strongly recommend that the Government increase testing across the country, and that the health care infrastructure (including quarantine stations) be strengthened to meet any new wave of the virus. Most importantly, during the state of emergency the land borders must remain closed and airports must remain closed to international passenger flights,” the party said.
The PUP also called on the government to strengthen and maintain the food assistance and unemployment relief program as thousands of Belizeans are suffering.
The party stressed that the assistance must be distributed according to need and not political affiliation.
The PUP calls on the Government to implement an ‘opening up’ measure to spur economic activities.
The party thanked the thousands of frontline workers who continue to personally sacrifice in order that Belize can defeat the dreaded new Coronavirus.
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