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Brave Warns - We’Re Taking Risks

PLP leader Philip 'Brave' Davis.

PLP leader Philip 'Brave' Davis.

By RASHAD ROLLE

Tribune Senior Reporter

rrolle@tribunemedia.net

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party leader Philip “Brave” Davis slammed the Minnis administration’s COVID-19 plans yesterday, saying the government is not doing enough to protect residents as the borders reopen.

He spoke during a PLP press conference the day the country resumed international flights. 

He said: “International visitors return via air to The Bahamas today, for the first time in months, even as the United States just yesterday set a new daily record, with 47,000 new COVID-19 cases announced. The Americans’ top infectious disease expert has said that the rate of new infections could soon double to 100,000 a day. Cases in the US have surged by more than 80 percent in the last two weeks.

“Bahamians have - at truly great cost to themselves - done their part to contain the virus in our own country. What they are owed by this government now is a plan to make sure all that has been gained will not be lost.

The experts on the PLP task force have said from the start that testing has to be at the centre of any plan to keep Bahamians safe. That is especially true as we move to this more dangerous phase of the pandemic and the country reopens. Imagine a traveller is getting ready to come here. Let’s say he gets tested on a Tuesday, gets his negative result on Friday, goes to a crowded party on Saturday night, and flies to The Bahamas on Sunday. Most visitors won’t behave this way. But we have to be prepared that some may.”

“We must be clear about the risks we’re facing,” Mr Davis added. “One Bahamian hotel employee can be infected by one visitor, and days before either experiences symptoms, the virus can begin to spread silently through our communities. Where is the plan to reduce the danger of this happening? We need to conduct regular and extensive testing of Bahamians who work with or near visitors. Testing is the best tool we have to detect a virus that spreads invisibly. There is no replacement for testing when people can transmit the virus before they experience any symptoms. European countries are opening their borders to international travellers today, too; I note that travellers from the United States are banned, however. Even some states within the US are requiring fellow citizens traveling from hotspots to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. And yet our government has hardly changed its plans since cases in the United States began surging.”

Mr Davis also knocked the government for letting some interns go at the completion of their medical internship, saying doing so during a pandemic is “stupid and immoral”.

He said: “The prime minister gave one of his national addresses on Sunday. He has stopped doing press conferences because he isn’t willing to answer your questions, questions like: how could you fire doctors during a health emergency, when you should be reinforcing our frontlines instead?

“What is our country’s capacity to test and therefore discover new cases in our communities? What steps has the government taken to expand our ability to conduct on-the-ground contact tracing? How many people have been trained? What is our ability to isolate positive cases, for visitors and Bahamians? Where are the individualised plans for each of our Family Islands? These questions are literally a matter of life and death, and yet we have a prime minister who will not answer them. The greater the crisis, the more essential it is to have a leader who can face the people. Here we are, on our ninth set of emergency measures, with a prime minister who wants ever greater authority with ever less accountability.”

Comments

bahamianson 2 months, 4 weeks ago

Europe has 44 countries and 741.4 million people, the United States has 50 ( 52) states and 328.2 million people. New York has 8.4 million people, Florida has 21.5 million people. These entities can close their borders and can be self sustained. The Bahamas with 700 islands and 2000 cays has 350,000- 400,000 people. we are not , by any means, self sustainable. we have a 20% unemployment rate( stand to be corrected), everything in this country cost $100 including bread and sanitizing alcohol ! My question is, can we close our borders and live on bananas?

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moncurcool 2 months, 4 weeks ago

Someone needs to tell Davis that when you talk too much and want to say something on everything each day, that people begin to ignore and tune you out. When you get in front of a mic let it be few and something of substance you say. Davis needs to stop blowing hot air and learn to think before he talks, and stop just being political and opposing for opposing sake.

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tetelestai 2 months, 4 weeks ago

Ok, I will bite. What exactly did he say here that was hot air? In fact, he seems to be saying much of what you said in another post. I will go further, forget petty politics, every concerned Bahamian should be thinking whay he is saying in this article.

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immigrant 2 months, 4 weeks ago

Look at the state of your constituency Brave. It embodies the old saying that if you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always gotten. Pray tell why now we should believe that you have all of these new ideas to propel our country forward. Furthermore, a month ago you said that the present administration is not doing enough to stimulate the economy...now they are being cavalier.

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mandela 2 months, 4 weeks ago

How sad is this, leave politics out and taking sides? The Bahamas went through almost 4 months of curfews, long lines, and a lot of frustration when the virus was less threatening to us and now the virus is very threatening to us and now we are importing like everything we have to import into the country, the virus. When COVID-19 first came dripping in we couldn't handle it, now that the chances of the virus pouring in we are now taking a huge RISK. Rember this, the Bahamas health system CANNOT deal with COVID-19 and the general public day to day ailments at the same time meaning the general public will lose and because we are here in New Providence packed like sardines in a can we only need one person in with the virus and the country goes back into lockdown, the Competent Authority now has a new emergency Order to do just that for another 6 months. So yes we are taking a huge, huge risk. I would rather eat bananas for a year and live than to eat grouper, steak, crawfish and conch for a month and die.

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xtreme2x 2 months, 4 weeks ago

IF COUNTRY CLOSED OR OPEN, YOU WILL DIE. CLOSE THE COUNTRY FOR 6 MONTHS. ALL BANANAS ARE GONE, YOU CAN LIVE FOR 40 DAYS JUST DRINKING WATER. IF YOU DO NOT DIE OF COVID-19, SURELY YOU WILL DIE OF STARVATION. LEAVE THE COUNTRY OPEN. PUT YOUR FAITH IN GOD NOT MAN.

IF IT IS THE TIME FOR YOU TO DIE, YOU CAN NOT DUCK IT BROTHER.

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joeblow 2 months, 4 weeks ago

Taking a risk on 'Brave' being leader of this country would be a far greater threat than COVID-19, that's for sure!

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TigerB 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Right now the country is broke, I see NIB still trying to give out more free money vouchers, I admire that. I believe its a risk to open but it's also a risk to stay close. The news reported tonight wonderful increases in flights to Nassau in the coming days and weeks, If we do due diligence with those visitors we should be fine. Brave cried fowl on the testing too, but 18 days without a case is extremely good, compared to Florida next door.

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geostorm 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Brave should just close his mouth. He is not making sense.

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