Prime Minister Refutes Voice Note on Lock-Down Extension

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PM’s Office said public should ignore false voice note

Prime Minister Hubert Minnis is on Saturday, calling a voice note bogus, which claims that he is expected to announce an extended 30 day lock down of the country.

In a press statement, the prime minister said the voice note in circulation on social media “contains false claims that the Prime Minister intends to announce a country-wide 30-day shutdown on Monday.”

The statement by the PM’s office, calls the voice note “completely false” and suggested that it “be ignored.”

In the statement, Dr. Minnis called on individuals to refrain from disseminating false and harmful information which can “lead to panic and a run on stores that can harm efforts to contain the COVID-19 virus.”

The statement said, the matter has been turned over to the Commissioner of Police for further investigation.

On Monday, members of parliament are expected to debate the 30 day extension, which Attorney General Carl Bethel said outside of Cabinet on Tuesday, is a necessary measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Bethel said the House of Assembly will be guided by the advice of medical professionals.

On Monday, Dr. Minnis imposed a 24 hour curfew which ends on Tuesday 30th.

Dr. Minnis is expected to hold a press conference tomorrow evening at 7 pm.

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