COVID-19 case increases a worrying trend says Controller Manning

Tuesday 21 July 2020

COVID 19 Pandemic Controller David Manning says the sharp increase in the number of positive cases within the last week is a cause for serious worry and must not be taken lightly.

He said as the Controller of the National Operations Centre under the State of Emergency and now the National Control Centre, together with the Prime Minister and the government as a whole , have been urging people to strictly observe health protocols but it appears this has been cast aside and therefore the community transmission is now in the capital city.

“This is of grave concern and confirms our health and medical projections that without strict compliance cases are likely to rise within this month and this is showing to be true. Those critics that continue to think otherwise, I urge you to stop spreading misleading information,” Mr Manning said.

Mr Manning   is calling an urgent meeting of the COVID-19 management team and will await the advice of the Health advisory team for new measures to be put in place.

These are expected to be announced tomorrow , Wednesday  July 22,  2020 to mitigate the further spread of COVID-19.

Amongst restrictive measures that are to be discussed for NCD include possible restrictions to gambling, night clubs and sports, domestic travel restrictions and compulsory use of facemasks in public places.

The National Control Centre will continue to do testings and surveillance and this will have to be further strengthened for more testing in the city and around the country to ascertain real data on the spread of COVID-19.

Mr Manning  said there is stigma and worry within the community with not many people going for tests

He strongly urged citizens to take this seriously and go for voluntary testing at their nearest health centres and or testing areas.


Media contact: Chief Superintendent Dominic D. Kakas, BEM, DPS
COVID-19 Media & Public Information Joint Agency Task Force
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