Ministry firm on new protocols

The Ministry of Health and Wellness is standing firm behind its new COVID-19 protocols.

In the face of criticism of the protocols, which take effect today, Government will stick to its guns and not alter the number of days visitors can be quarantined after a second negative result, which could lead to their being released.

On Tuesday, the Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners (BAMP) sent an urgent letter asking the ministry to re-think the decision to test visitors a second time only two to three days after arrival from high-risk countries.

BAMP argued that every visitor from high-risk countries such as the United States, United Kingdom and Jamaica should be quarantined for 14 days.

A statement late last night from the ministry said it recognised the concerns of BAMP, which is represented on the Emergency Operations Committee. 

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