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Caribbean L 20 ife, Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2020
Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris
said during his weekly television
program “Leadership Matters” recently
that based on representation and consultation
with the Chamber, it was
decided that the government would
extend VAT Day which
was originally carded
for Friday, Dec. 18 by
another day to Saturday,
“We hope that the additional day will
`help to further stimulate economic
activity, assist small businesses with
improved sales and help spread economic
activity over the next two days,”
Dr. Harris said the primary reason
behind the Cabinet’s decision to add a
second VAT Day is to minimize overcrowding
on any particular day.
The government had said that on the
discounted VAT Days, all tangible items
currently subject to 17 percent VAT
qualify for the discount.
It said that eligible items must also
be available for sale and immediate
issuance or delivery to the customer on
the day and orders for items that are not
in stock do not qualify.
The government said that for vehicle
purchases, VAT is exempt on the first
EC$500,000 with VAT at the standard
17 percent charged thereafter.
A government statement said
throughout the entire month of December,
persons will benefit from approved
duty concessions on food, gift packages
and passenger allowances.
St. Lucia has recorded about 900
confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne
dengue fever. Health authorities said
that cases were being reported all across
Medical Officer of
Health, Dr. Glensford
Joseph in a statement
noted that as Oct. 24,
the island had recorded 888 confirmed
cases and 365 suspected dengue fever
He said, so far, three people have died
from the disease, which is spread by the
aedes aegypti mosquito. Dr. Joseph said
the age range for reported cases was
from three weeks to 94 years old.
Dr. Glensford said that the five of the
14-year group accounted for 35 percent
of all cases.
The authorities said that 215 of the
confirmed dengue cases were hospitalized
and half of that all health regions
continue to be affected by the occurrence
The health ministry said to date, two
strains of dengue viruses, DENV3 and
DENV2 have been identified as being
in circulation in St. Lucia during the
Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister
Dr. Keith Rowley said government will
provide an additional TT$30 million
in relief to people negatively
affected by the
He said $10 million
will be given to displaced
bar and restaurant workers and
$20 million for self-employed people
Dr. Rowley when making the
announcement on Saturday at a news
conference in Tobago said, since bars
have been affected by the restriction
of people congregating , “we need to
bear a little bit of the burden they are
He said Minister of Finance, Colm
Imbert will find $10 million “specifically
to treat with employees who work
in bars and restaurants and who have
lost their jobs or who have suffered a
reduction of their income.”
Rowley said bars and restaurant
owners who have lost or are losing
their business, will be asked to “identify
themselves to the money we have made
available for small business support
which is available to sustain their business
No congregation is allowed in bars
which are only allowed to sell liquor to
customers and leave.
— Compiled by Azad Ali
Continued from Page 4
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