A full lockdown of the country is not the solution, given the current state of the economy.
That’s according to Arima Mayor Cagney Casimire.
His comment comes on the heels of a media release from the Arima Business Association (ABA) which has issued a call for government to consider a lockdown for three weeks, to curb the skyrocketing number of COVID19 cases.
In a media release on Thursday, ABA said the pandemic has severely affected the activities of businesses, but further restrictions may be necessary to save lives and protect long-term business.
It said “suffering for three weeks” would be easier than being handicapped by low sales and reduced income for six months while cases continued to rise.
However, Casimire said while he understood the association’s concerns, he did not think a full lockdown was the solution.
Speaking to the Newsday, he said “I think it may be necessary, but only as a final resort. I suggest we wait a little while and maybe in the next week or so we will see if the cases continue to rise.
“A few people have already been vaccinated and hopefully we can get some more doses to increase the drive.”