Chairman of the National Disaster Mitigation Council, Honourable Attorney-General, Vincent Byron.

With public health officials reminding persons to be vigilant during the COVID-19 pandemic, Chairman of the National Disaster Mitigation Council, Honourable Attorney-General, Vincent Byron, is appealing to persons to practice social distancing, as this could help to reduce the risk of contracting the disease from other people.

“The concept of social distancing is one for each of us to keep ourselves safe, and that fundamental is that we need to be aware that this virus is spread through contact with others – community spread. It is spread when we come into contact with surfaces and other types of conveyors of the virus and so it behooves each and every one of us to be constantly aware of coming into contact with each other and with surfaces that are not clean,” said Minister Byron.

The chairman reminded all that the danger lies among those who are properly screened and may show no symptoms and feel well, thus the need for vigilance, taking precautionary measures and encouraging others to do the same.

“And so, the question of social distancing is a precaution to ensure you do not come into contact with someone who may transmit that virus to you, you unknowingly, they unwittingly,” said the attorney-general. “And the best form of social distancing is that we reduce going to crowded places.”

He applauded organizations that cancelled of mass gathering events such as church and sports, including the regular Lenten services scheduled on Wednesdays so that “we do not come into contact with others.”