Adama Barrow on Friday 27 Mar. 2020
addressed the nation on the situation of the global pandemic covid-19, warning
that those who have absconded from quarantine, are posing a threat to public
health and is contrary to the laws of the land.
“With regards (sic) to the unfortunate incident of the people who absconded, almost half of them have been traced. The public is advised to report any person who has escaped quarantine, and to be aware that hiding suspects who pose a threat to public health is contrary to the laws of the land.”
The president further stated that mass movement of people and public gatherings are threats to the containment of covid-19, adding a decision has been taken to impose new restrictions.
To curtail our exposure to infection through close interactions, he explained that his government has taken the decision to scale down government operations.
He said all heads of government institutions, parastatals, private enterprises and other institutions have been instructed to scale down their activities, with minimal staff to perform basic services. At the private sector level, all non-essential services are declared suspended with immediate effect.
“Only essential services, such as emergency medical services, sale of essential items and commodities, will continue. “
Mr. Barrow, however, indicated that he has been informed that there are enough supplies of essential commodities for the immediate and medium-term needs of the country, saying in this light; strict measures have been devised to curb attempts to hoard or hike the prices of basic commodities.
“I implore the business community to continue to cooperate in stabilising the prices of all basic commodities.”