Wednesday 25 November, 2020

Port protests delay COVID-19 testing of cruise ship passengers

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Protest action by port workers at the Port of Port of Spain on Tuesday prevented 295 passengers aboard the Enchantment of the Seas cruise ship from being swabbed for COVID-19 testing.

Speaking at the Ministry of Health's virtual media briefing on Wednesday, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram is in talks with port officials.

"Their quarantine period ends on Saturday. We are looking at that. As you know, we were not able to board the ship yesterday or bring persons out to be tested because yesterday was supposed to be swabbing day. Right now, the Chief Medical Officer and Dr Maryam Richards (who is in charge of the logistics of that operations) are having some discussions with officials at the port to see what contingency plans we can put into place."

He said once all goes well, the passengers will be tested on Thursday.

"I am hoping their discussions with port officials are fruitful. If all goes well, we will swab those 295 nationals tomorrow."

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