Saturday 4 July, 2020

Top Cop responds to rise in vehicular traffic with roadblocks

Police have ramped up roadblocks across the country as officers have noticed an increase in vehicular traffic, despite Government's stay at home orders.

There were reports of several roadblock exercises at major thoroughfares on Friday.

Speaking with Loop News on the roadblocks, Police Commissioner Gary Griffith said police have noticed that the number of vehicles on the nation's roads have doubled within the last few days.

As such, Griffith said roadblock exercises have been intensified.

"People are beginning to drop the ball," Commissioner Griffith said.

He added that there will be further heightened police visibility across the country in the coming days.

"There will be an intensification," he warned.

Also commenting on the issue, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said while cases have not increased in recent days, the battle against the virus continues.

"This is no time to raise any victory flag because we have won nothing. All we have done so far is keep the virus at bay. Remember our borders are closed. Schools are out. If we didn't take those measures, who knows, we would be talking a about cases in the thousands."

Meanwhile, Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi said the roadblocks are part of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service's efforts to deal with criminality.

"It is general policing to deal with the scourge of criminality.”

There have been no new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) reported since Wednesday morning.

In its 10 am update on Friday, the Ministry of Health noted that the number of confirmed cases of the virus stands at 114, the same figure reported since its Wednesday morning update.

The number of related deaths remains at eight, while 20 patients have been discharged thus far.

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