Wednesday 25 November, 2020

Office of the President staffers test positive for COVID-19

Photo: President Paula-Mae Weekes. Credit: Office of the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago.

Photo: President Paula-Mae Weekes. Credit: Office of the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago.

Several members of staff at the Office of the President (OPT) have tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Office of the President in a statement indicated that more than 40 personnel were tested for the virus with many testing positive. It didn’t confirm how many staffers contracted the virus.

The positive results follows confirmation that the aide-de-camp to President Paula-Mae Weekes tested positive for the virus.

The President was subsequently tested for COVID-19 and was negative.

Testing of staff is ongoing.

A review of the conduct of the recent events held at the President's House was carried out and the OTP said it is satisfied that all pandemic protocols — face masks, sanitising, social distancing —were strictly observed. It said risk to external individuals is "negligible".

The OTP assured that President Weekes and all staff members (including those who have tested positive) remain in good spirits.

Operations continue at OTP, functioning with a skeleton staff.

All public engagements have been postponed until the all-clear is received from the Ministry of Health.

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