Saturday 28 November, 2020

COVID-19: MOH shuts down pre-school, army quells cruise ship 40

The Ministry of Health is calling on citizens in quarantine and self-isolation to comply with the instructions given by the relevant authorities. 

The plea comes after members of the Defence Force had to be called in to speak to the 40 cruise ship passengers who tested positive for COVID-19. 

Minister of Health, Terrence Deyalsingh, said the government can only help as far as the citizens will allow.  

“The 40 patients at Couva, we actually had to call the army in to talk to them, to behave themselves, to adhere to quarantine rules and to stop violating the zones that we have put out for them,” he said. 

Reiterating that the only way the virus will be contained is if those in quarantine follow the guidelines set by the Health Ministry, Deyalsingh also revealed that a pre-school in Powder Magazine, Cocorite, had to be shut down. 

“We had to shut them down...and that is how you encourage community spread. Could you imagine that little pre-school, if we didn’t shut them down today, the whole Western peninsula could have had community spread,” he said. 

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley also chimed in to discuss some indiscipline he noticed on the front page of the Express Newspaper. 

“It tells me that some people are either unaware or are not in-sync with what we are trying to inculcate. Stay away from people, especially if they’ve come from places where, the facts are, that there are high levels of infection,” he implored. 

The front page displayed two people in warm embrace at the Piarco International Airport. Trinidad and Tobago’s government has been advocating for social distancing since COVID-19 began to spread. 

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