Monday 26 October, 2020

Vessel with 32 Venezuelans intercepted at sea

Pictured: Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG) vessel

Pictured: Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG) vessel

A vessel carrying 32 Venezuelan nationals was intercepted by the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG) on Wednesday.

Speaking at the virtual health briefing on Wednesday, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Roshan Parasram said while the matter is one of national security, the health component is that the individuals would have to be assessed.

He was responding to a question from a reporter, who asked how the Venezuelan nationals along with the Coast Guard officials will be dealt with, in light of reports that a security complex is under lockdown after Coast Guard officials rescued Venezuelan nationals from a sinking pirogue. According to reports, the Venezuelan nationals were said to be exhibiting flu-like symptoms.

"What I know about is, there was an interception of 32 Venezuelan nationals (I believe) which is a matter for really National Security, to be honest. The health component of it is really to do an assessment of those individuals to make sure they have no acute illnesses."

Dr Parasram said the Coast Guard officials who were in contact with the Venezuelan nationals may need to be quarantined.

"The officers having been in contact, if someone was deemed to have flu-like illness in that particular group or just by mere exposure without PPE, they would have to be quarantined whether it is by the Defence Force or within our facilities. Within the next few days, we will make that decision."

Loop News has reached out to National Security Minister Stuart Young for further details on the operation.

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