PM tests negative for COVID-19, heads to Tobago for brother's funeral
"I draw my strength from the people of Trinidad and Tobago."
That was the response of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley when asked by a member of media on Wednesday, as to how he is coping with the COVID-19 situation, along with the death of his eldest brother.
"Today, I go to Tobago this evening, for my brother's funeral tomorrow. I go there and I may stay in Tobago for a couple of days with my family. I draw my strength from the people of Trinidad and Tobago. I see so many good aspects of how we are coping but I just have to cope," he said.
The Prime Minister said as he manages the affairs of the country, his mind is also on his daughter who is currently in New York.
The Prime Minister added that he has tested negative for COVID-19.
Rowley returned to Trinidad in early March following an official visit to Ghana.
Shortly after, he accompanied CARICOM Chairman Mia Mottley and other CARICOM Heads of Government on a mission to Guyana.
"I've been screened. I've also kept a very low contact for 14-28 days because I want to be here to serve you, so I'm not taking any chances. But, tomorrow I have to go to Tobago and I'll be moving from here to there very quickly and I'm going to be in a funeral that only allows five people. I'm really experiencing what many people are actually experiencing. I'm trying to figure out how does one conduct a parting with five people in a very large family. It's not a nice situation," Rowley said.
He also thanked the Ministry of Health including Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram and his team, for their 'yeoman service' in the handling of the COVID-19 situation.
There are currently 89 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Trinidad and Tobago, as of Wednesday morning.
Five deaths have been recorded and one person has been discharged.
The Government has taken a number of measures to slow the spread of the virus, including the closing of borders and the halting of non-essential activities.