Friday 4 December, 2020

Caribbean urged to manage COVID-19 during hurricane season

Caribbean countries are being urged to remain vigilant about COVID-19, especially during this hurricane season, as most islands are experiencing a resurgence of the virus.

The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) gave the warning during its weekly media briefing today.

PAHO Director Dr Carissa Etienne said while Caribbean countries have managed to control the initial first outbreak, most have recorded new cases.  

“The Caribbean must remain vigilant as they reopen borders and face tropical storms,” she said.  

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Meanwhile, PAHO incident manager Dr Sylvain Aldighieri said the use of hurricane shelters in the Caribbean during the pandemic is a concern.

Aldighieri said: “While hurricanes and tropical storms are a constant for PAHO, this is adding a new layer of complexity to the response to public health emergency of COVID-19. We have to be prepared at different levels.” 

The PAHO incident manager said with the COVID-19 situation during the hurricane season, the organisation must be prepared for a new set of challenges.  

The challenges include the population which would have to be moved to shelters, the implementation of social distancing, hand sanitising and wearing of masks.

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