Minister misspoke on immigration officers and COVID-19

Immigration Minister Elsworth Johnson misspoke on Tuesday when he told reporters that at least 30 immigration officers have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement from his ministry.

The statement said the minister “inadvertently categorized 30 immigration officers, who are quarantined, as having tested COVID-19-positive”.

It said as of yesterday, six immigration officers have tested positive.

On Tuesday, Johnson said, “We have immigration officers who have tested positive and who are now quarantined. And we know that COVID-19, I’ve experienced it, I’ve lost a sister. You’re talking about someone being dead. That’s the ultimate cost that we are having to pay in this when people are irresponsible.

“And so, I want persons to take this very seriously.”

When asked how many workers tested positive, Johnson said: “No less than 30.”

Johnson’s comments came only a day after Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis announced a nationwide two-week lockdown to stop the spread of the virus as the country copes with a second wave of infections.

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