With two confirmed cases of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the territory and nine more suspected cases awaiting official test results, Premier Andrew Fahie is warning against stigmatisation.
He gave the warning while assuring residents that the necessary steps to prevent the risk of a community spread of the disease are being taken.
“There is no need to feel ashamed or to stigmatise anyone who gets tested. We have to look out for each other. For in doing so, we are looking out for ourselves,” the Premier stated in a national address on Wednesday.
He continued: “We are working round the clock because this is a fluid situation and we know you are concerned, but now is the time for all of us to remain calm. We can and we will successfully overcome the challenges of this time. Our God is with us, and he has seen us through many challenges.”
The Premier said unity, prayer, along with the necessary precautionary measures are paramount in the territory’s fight against the highly contagious disease.
“Practice social distancing. Wash and sanitise hands regularly. Avoid touching the face. Cover your mouth when you cough. If you feel sick, do not go to the doctor. Call the medical hotline at 852-7650, so that you can get the appropriate treatment and to protect others. Vigilance is very important. We all have an individual responsibility to do not become complacent. We have to now protect each other,” he added.
Governor Augustus Jaspert who also delivered a similar message said: “It’s ok to seek support and to be tested. We are ramping up our testing capability … there should be no stigma about being confirmed with a case.”
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