Friday 4 December, 2020

Ministry: More Trinis to return from Suriname, India, Middle East, UK

The Ministry of National Security said a number of Trinidadian nationals have been granted exemptions to return home within the coming days and will be quarantined.

This comes after several people who recently returned home tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement the Ministry said approximately 30-35 people were expected to return home from Suriname, India, the Middle East and the UK. 

The Ministry said these numbers will bring their quarantine facilities to full capacity:

'In the next few days, some 30-35 persons are expected to return from Suriname and other jurisdictions.

'Students who were in India, as well as some persons from the Middle East and UK have also started returning.'

'The Ministry of National Security is currently awaiting details on the travel arrangements of those granted exemptions to return from the UK/ Europe and the Middle East.'

'These persons should begin arriving in Trinidad and Tobago in the next few days and their numbers will bring our state quarantine facilities up to full capacity.'

The Ministry said over the past week, two large groups of nationals returned from Grenada and Canada.

The Ministry said a small number of them went into paid for, state-supervised quarantine but the majority of those returning are in state quarantine facilities.

The Ministry noted that four people who recently returned tested positive for COVID-19. Three of these cases were from Grenada and one from the USA.

Additionally, the Ministry of Health counted another case on Wednesday; the person was said to have returned from Saudi Arabia.

The Ministry said a small number of serious medical cases have also returned.

Regarding people in the US, which has the highest number of cases globally, the Ministry said it is working out the details:

The Government is currently working out the details and timing of flights to take Trinidad and Tobago students to the United States, as well as to begin the repatriation of our nationals in the US.'

The Ministry said repatriation flights will be dependent on, amongst other things, the number of spaces available at the time in state quarantine facilities, as well as the number of persons who will pay for state-supervised quarantine.

The Ministry said it is determined to ensure that the cycle of repatriation and safe quarantine continues in an effort to combat the spread of the virus.

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