Friday 27 November, 2020

Trini students in India to return this week

Five Trinidad and Tobago nationals who were studying in India have been granted final letters of exemption to return to this country.

They are due back on July 21 (Tuesday).

The Ministry of National Security made the announcement on Sunday by way of a media release.

National Security Minister Stuart Young indicated at a Ministry of Health virtual media briefing last week that the students had applied for exemptions.

The Ministry assured that it continues to work assiduously to process requests for exemptions from nationals stuck abroad as the country’s borders remain closed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Further, the Ministry said exemptions to enter the country continue to be granted in collaboration with public health experts.

The measure is part of Government’s efforts to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus by balancing the number of nationals who are returning with available State quarantine facilities.

Returning nationals can opt to be quarantined at State-assisted facilities, but they will have to foot the bill for this State-supervised accommodation.

As of June, just over 900 beds were available via the parallel health care system set up to manage COVID-19 patients. Of that number only 406 beds were available for quarantine and isolation.

Government is seeking to expand its facilities to allow for the granting of more exemptions to allow more nationals stuck abroad to return home.

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