Following a statement on the weekend by Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis calling for an explanation from the prime minister “for the apparent appearance at a food store” on Saturday by Education Minister Jeffrey Lloyd and his wife, Lloyd said his voluntary quarantine ended on Friday, and advised that he tested negative for COVID-19 on two occasions.
On August 10, the Cabinet Office announced that Lloyd received a negative COVID-19 test result on August 8.
“Following the Ministry of Health’s protocols, Minister Lloyd has voluntarily entered self-quarantine. He continues to perform his function as minister of education, working remotely from home.”
On Saturday, social media reports circulated purporting to show Lloyd outside a grocery store.
“Some public explanation is required from the prime minister, the so called competent authority, for the apparent appearance at a food store this morning by the minister of education in the official car accompanied by his wife,” Davis said in a statement.
“Can the prime minister confirm that the photographs circulating this morning at a food store are indeed the minister? Will the prime minister confirm that the minister is supposed to be in voluntary self-isolation and quarantine as a result of a possible COVID-19 exposure?
“Will the prime minister confirm that the rule is that there should be one member of a household when shopping in a food store?”
In his statement yesterday, Lloyd explained that on August 7, one week after a low-risk exposure to a Ministry of Education employee, he discovered that the employee had tested positive for COVID-19.
“I and my wife immediately had an RT PCR test done, which was negative,” he said.
“Even though we were well and without any symptoms, we consulted our medical practitioner, who advised that we quarantine from the time of the exposure. This was done voluntarily,” Lloyd said.
“We remain well and completed quarantine on Friday, August 14.”
Lloyd said his second COVID-19 test was taken on Saturday.
Davis’ statement came a day before he announced via a voice note yesterday evening that he was in hospital and has tested positive for COVID-19.