Sunday 20 September, 2020

PM confirms: T&T records four new COVID-19 cases

Pictured: Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley reveals that Trinidad and Tobago has recorded four additional cases of COVID-19. He made the revelation while speaking at a political meeting on July 27, 2020.

Pictured: Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley reveals that Trinidad and Tobago has recorded four additional cases of COVID-19. He made the revelation while speaking at a political meeting on July 27, 2020.

This country has confirmed four more COVID-19 cases.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley gave confirmation of the additional cases while speaking at a campaign meet-up of the People’s National Movement (PNM) in San Fernando on Monday night.

 

Dr Rowley said he was informed that there were a “couple of additions” to the list of confirmed COVID-19 cases.

“By the time I get home, there are four more.”

According to the Prime Minister’s information, three of these cases appear to be imported, while health officials are working to determine how the fourth patient contracted the virus.

He made the revelation as he stressed that this was not the time to get complacent about the presence of the virus in T&T.

The Prime Minister took United National Congress (UNC) leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar to task for her comparison of the border closure as being “worse than slavery”, advising her to read a book.

He accused Persad-Bissessar and former health minister Dr Fuad Khan of playing politics with COVID-19 by choosing to ignore the science on the virus, taking note that many UNC supporters are not following advice on the wearing of masks while campaigning.

Dr Rowley called on the UNC leader to refrain from "undermining" the Government's advice on COVID-19 measures. 

He warned that statements like sunshine kills COVID-19 will put the country at risk for a rise in coronavirus cases and undo the "responsible" work of Government in managing the virus.

Dr Erica Wheeler of the Pan American Health Organisation later stated that Trinidad and Tobago actually has five new cases of the virus, noting that in addition to the ones mentioned by Dr Rowley, one of the primary contacts of case #148 had also tested positive for the virus. 

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