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It’s official: CARICOM Chairman Says Region Preparing for Coronavirus

It's official: CARICOM Chairman Says Region Preparing for Coronavirus

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Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Chairman and Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley has sought to assure citizens of the region that health officials are taking the steps to keep the deadly new strain of coronavirus out of their countries, but also ensuring they are ready should it reach their shores.

CARICOM Ministers of Health were on Monday briefed by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), and the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) on he virus, and Mottley said the meeting also focused on the region’s preparedness in case of any eventuality.

“The aim is ensuring the region can protect, first and foremost, its population, but at the same time ensuring that panic does not beset our people. History has shown that panic does not assist the resolution of these matters,” Mottley said, adding that going into panic mode could cause the region’s economies and societies to implode.

Source: CARICOM

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