Thursday 24 September, 2020

Kamla tells PM: Cancel CPL amid new COVID-19 cases

Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar

Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad- Bissessar is calling on Prime Minster Dr Keith Rowley to immediately cancel this country's hosting of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 Tournament.

In a statement on Wednesday, Persad-Bissessar said the daily rise in the number of positive COVID-19 cases throughout Trinidad and Tobago is cause for very serious concern.

She further accused to the Government of under-testing, and called on the Prime Minister to cancel the CPL games in light of the new COVID-19 cases.

"I am therefore calling on PM Rowley to immediately cancel the planned CPL games scheduled for mid-August in T&T. He is on record saying that the opening of the borders has led to the increase in COVID-19 cases. If he truly believes this, he must therefore now act responsibly and take every possible measure to protect our citizens’ lives."

The Opposition Leader again urged the Prime Minister Rowley to allow stranded nationals abroad to return home.

"He must also bring back our stranded nationals and put them in quarantine. They cannot continue to live stateless and homeless on the streets of other countries, while our Government cruelly abandons them in favour of bringing in risky foreigners to play cricket."

The CPL T20 Tournament is scheduled to take place in Trinidad over the period August 18 to September 12, with strict adherence to the COVID-19 guideline.

There will be no spectators at the stadiums.

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