Sunday 5 April, 2020

Police to follow up on those in quarantine

Police are being called in to aid with patrols to ensure that persons are keeping up with their quarantine periods. 

LoopTT was told that police were working with Immigration officials, via the National Operations Fusion Center, to ensure as far as possible, that the estimated 20,000 persons who came into the country during the two weeks before the borders were closed, remained in isolation. 

Persons were being asked to adhere to the isolation requests, or they may face the full force of the law. 

Additionally, police have been called out to disperse persons who have been congregating at bars throughout the country, despite a proclamation that these establishments should be closed. 

All interactions, police said, have been amicable and peaceful, and to date, no arrests have been made. 

However, officers say that should the incidents persist, arrests may be imminent.  

In January 2020 the Quarantine [2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Disease] Order, 2020 was issued by Chief Medical Officer Roshan Parasram, adding the virus to the list. Breaching a direct quarantine order can result in possible penalties. 

Under Section 7(1)(b) of the of the Act, anyone who “refuses or wilfully omits to do any act which he is required to do by this Act, or refuses or willfully omits to carry out any lawful order, instruction or condition made, given or imposed by any officer or other person acting under the authority of this Act” is liable on conviction to a fine of $6,000 and to imprisonment for six months. 

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