Search form Search Main menu Home News Business Sports Columns Contact Us E-Paper Senior Medical Officer with the Ministry of Health and Wellness, Dr. Anton Best.
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National Pause was needed, says Dr. Best Sat, 02/27/2021 – 5:10am WITH an ease in the current directives coming at the beginning of March, Barbados would have slugged its way through a month-long National Pause. Brought on by a surge in COVID-19 cases at the turn of the year, the period came under fire from many. However, health officials are standing by the decision.
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Speaking during the most recent COVID Communications Unit conference, Senior Medical Officer with the Ministry of Health and Wellness, Dr. Anton Best, stated that the ‘Pause’ was indeed necessary when asked the question.
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«We needed time to pause. We needed time to slow down, to gather ourselves, to be able to do contact tracing. We also had the Seek and Save programme, which has come to an end, and we needed that. We in the Ministry of Health definitely needed that. We also needed to stop the rise in the incidence of COVID-19 and we have achieved that,» he said
Although the numbers of confirmed cases are yet to come down to where they stood before the spike, Dr. Best explained that the island was dealing with a new strain which accounted for the level of infection
«Of course we would have wanted to see a greater reduction in the incidence, but understand that we are dealing with a very vicious strain of COVID-19. One that we did not have to deal with last year. It is far more contagious, so therefore that would explain why we’re seeing the kind of numbers now compared to the first outbreak and the first wave. We didn’t see those kinds of numbers previously,» he said. (MP)