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DNA on new lockdowns on Family Islands
By Lamont Nixon, Spokesperson for Local Government & Family Island Development
Jun 8, 2021 - 10:00:03 AM

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It is the government's duty to make prudent and logical decisions grounded in proper data analysis and science. Bahamians expect their leaders to come up with creative ideas in the face of unprecedented challenges.  Decisions should not be made based solely on convenience without considering the livelihood of our citizens.

The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) maintains that we must be strategic and intentional in our fight against this pandemic. We must strike the right balance between maintaining the quality of life of our citizens and combating the public health challenges posed by COVID-19. It is disappointing that some of the decisions made by the government has become problems that our citizens face.

The DNA reiterates its position that the best way to combat the spread of this virus is the effective implementation of the 3Ts – Testing, Tracing and Tracking. Our recommended approach which strategically declares the less populated islands COVID free one at a time, provides free testing and adopts a single port of entry remains relevant. The cost of testing must not be prohibitive and the government must implement free COVID-19 testing so that we can identify those that are infected and provide them with the care that they need. This will allow us to give the proper care and attention to those that are sick while those that are healthy can keep the economy running.

Locking down portions of the country because 1% is sick without a holistic plan isn't logical. Locking down our islands during the height the of crab season knowing that this a big part of these islands’ economy shows how detached out current leaders are. It is our hope that the current administration will retract the lockdown orders on these islands and consider alternative methods of combating rising COVID numbers.

Lamont Nixon
Spokesperson for Local Government & Family Island Development
Candidate for Golden Gates
Democratic National Alliance

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