While he noted that the measures implemented to prevent the spread of COVID-19 may be a “bitter pill”, Attorney General Carl Bethel yesterday urged Bahamians to follow them for the sake of the country.
Bethel made the comments as the Senate passed a resolution to approve the continuation of the Emergency Powers (COVID-19) Regulations made on March 17 and the Emergency Powers (COVID-19) Orders made on March 23.
The resolution allows for the state of emergency and orders to continue until April 8.
The orders include a nationwide 24-hour curfew and lockdown.
“It’s harsh and bitter medicine, but we are hoping that by these stringent measures and this aggressive leaning forward approach, that we will not suffer the fate of Italy, West Germany, Great Britain and now the United States,” Bethel said.
He added, “So, it’s a bitter pill. Let’s take our medicine, do what we have to do to stomp this virus out within the territorial boundaries of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.”
Bethel said a neighboring Caribbean country is now suffering because it did not take the aggressive steps The Bahamian government did sooner.
“I anticipate, in short order, that that country, several weeks later, is going to have to do what we did from day one in the interest of the health, safety and welfare of the general public,” he said.