LIVE UPDATES: Prime Minister’s address March 31, 2021

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Prime Minister Mia Mottley

  • The Prime Minister held a 5-hour meeting with the Social Partnership to address the burning issues affecting the country.
  • Tourism, agriculture and most of the public sector are paying above the minimum wage.
  • Some people in the private sector are not making a liveable wage.
  • The minimum wage will go forward.
  •  To live on $48 a week is too much to ask.
  • There is fatigue on the part of workers, so Sundays will be rest days.
  • There was a significant reduction in positive cases from a month ago.
  • Positivity rate is below 5 per cent and only 18 per cent in ICU.
  • Vaccination procurement is a difficult exercise.
  • The Prime Minister is not sure when the 33 000 COVAX vaccines will arrive, but in next few weeks.
  • Too many variables disrupting supplies.
  • African Medical Supplies platform will give CARICOM 1.8 million doses.
  • 60 000 out of that for Barbados.
  • President of China will donate 30 000 doses of Sinopharm to Barbados.
  • Many discussions for different varieties such as Johnson and Johnson and Sputnik.
  • Children need to go back to school safely.
  • People in gyms are allowed to go outside and exercise from 6 to 6.
  • Government met with watersports operators on Friday.
  • Crop Over and other events will be considered with herd immunity.
  • Mobile teams doing a few vaccinations
  • Blue Ribbon Committee and Minimum Wage Board had three meetings. Judgment is April 1.
  • It is not fair to let workers wait another eight months till January 2022.
  • Government is giving grants and loans to support tourism sector.
  • There was a meeting today on how to deal with vaccinated people coming into the country.
  • The level of entertainment and even gathering of families need to be moderated this weekend.
  • The last three months were difficult, but we are turning the corner.

Attorney General Dale Marshall

  • An error is being repeated.
  • The powers in the COVID order are not new.
  • They were in every COVID order since March 2020.
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