A prisons officer was attacked and stabbed eight times by two inmates at the Golden Prison in Arouca on Monday. In a statement, Acting Commissioner of Prisons Dennis Pulchan condemned the brutal attack on the prisons officer by theinmates. According to initial reports, Prisons Officer I, Damien Allong, who has over 21 years of service, was going about the routine morning duties of opening cells individually, when he was attacked by the inmates occured. They were in possession of improvised weapons, and the officer was stabbed several times by one of the inmates. He sustained eight stab wounds about his body, namely his head, face and arms. An alarm was immediately raised, officers responded and due force became necessary to bring the situation under control. Officer Allong was rushed to the infirmary and then transferred to a medical facility for further treatment and observation. Members of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service were called in and several charges are expected to be laid against the inmates. Commissioner Pulchan has expressed his empathy over the incident and has promised that all assistance possible would be made available to his officer, who is in a stable condition. He has also informed that the inmates were treated for the injuries received whilst attempting to disarm them.

Five peopleare in police custody after they were held with cutlasses and a quantity of ammunition. The five who are Cunaripo Village, Sangre Grande, were held around 7 pm on Friday. Police said that they received intelligence that a group ofarmed men waswalking along the roadway. Upon arriving, officers saw a group of men who were yelling at one another in a threatening manner. The officers responded and were able to detain five men – between the ages of 18 and 21. Four men were armed with cutlasses, while one man had a quantity of ammunition in his possession. They were immediately arrested as a result and are due before the courts on Tuesday. The operation involved the Eastern Division’s Special Operations Unit, led by Cpl Ramnarine, and includedPC Singh, PC Lezama, and PC Samuel.


A member of the Iranian army walks past rows of beds at a temporary 2,000-bed hospital for COVID-19 coronavirus patients set up by the army at the international exhibition center in northern Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Iran's president on Sunday lashed out at criticism of the country's lagging response to the worst coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East, saying the government has to weigh economic concerns as it takes measures to contain the pandemic. Hassan Rouhani said authorities had to consider the effect of mass quarantine efforts on Iran's beleaguered economy, which is under heavy US sanctions. It's a dilemma playing out across the globe, as leaders struggle to strike a balance between restricting human contact and keeping their economies from crashing. “Health is a principle for us, but the production and security of society is also a principle for us," Rouhani said at a Cabinet meeting. “We must put these principles together to reach a final decision." “This is not the time to gather followers,” he added. “This is not a time for political war.” Even before the pandemic, Rouhani was under fire for the unravelling of the 2015 nuclear deal he concluded with the United States and other world powers. President Donald Trump withdrew the US from the agreement and has imposed crippling sanctions on Iran that prevent it from selling oil on international markets. Iran has rejected US offers of humanitarian aid. State TV on Sunday reported another 123 deaths, pushing Iran's overall toll to 2,640 amid 38,309 confirmed cases.

The daughter and husband of an elderly victim of the COVID-19 stand as undertakers place the coffin in the grave at the Almudena cemetery in Madrid, Spain. (AP Photo/Olmo Calvo)

Spain and Italy have demanded more European help as they fight still-surging coronavirus infections in the continent's worst crisis since World War II. In the US, authorities urged millions around New York City to stop travelling to keep the virus contained. Around the world, doctors were forced to make tough choices about which patients to save with the limited breathing machines they have. The confirmed global death toll surpassed 31,000 and new virus epicentres emerged in US cities like Detroit, New Orleans and Chicago. Even rural America has not been immune, as virus hotspots erupt in Midwestern towns and Rocky Mountain ski havens. Spain and Italy alone account for more than half of the world's death toll and are each reporting over 800 deaths a day. Experts say, however, that virus toll numbers across the world are being seriously under-represented because of limited testing and political decisions about which bodies to count. Unlike the US, France and Italy do not count deaths that take place at home or in nursing homes, even though nursing homes are known coronavirus incubators around the world. ''Europe must demonstrate that it is able to respond to this historic call,'' Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte said late Saturday. "I will fight until the last drop of sweat, until the last gram of energy, to obtain a strong, vigorous, cohesive European response." President Donald Trump backtracked on a threat to quarantine New York and neighbouring states amid criticism and questions about the legality of such a move. But the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel advisory urging all residents of New York City and others in New York state, New Jersey and Connecticut to avoid all nonessential travel for 14 days. Shocking as that is for Americans that stopped short of the restrictions imposed in Europe or elsewhere. Parisians are fined if they try to leave the city, South Africans can't even buy liquor and Serbians are upset over a ban on walking their dog. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez called for a more vigorous response from the 27-nation European Union. "It is the most difficult moment for the EU since its foundation and it has to be ready to rise to the challenge," he said. Spain, Italy, France and six other EU members have asked the union to share the burden by issuing European debt, dubbed coronabonds, to help fight the virus. But the idea has met resistance from Germany and the Netherlands. European countries have also resisted sharing masks with their neighbours for fear that they, too, will need them in mass quantities soon.


There's no truth to claims circulating on social media that a two-year-old has tested positive for COVID-19. According to the post, a nursery in Diego Martin remained opened despite orders byGovernment to remain close, and is now quarantined. However, in a statement on Monday night, the Ministry of Health said this is fake news. Members of the public are urged to refrain from sharing any false or misleading information about COVID-19. For general information on COVID-19 and information specific to Trinidad and Tobago pleasevisit the following pages: Ministry of Health • Ministry of Health Facebook:Ministry of Health-Trinidad and Tobago • Ministry of Health Instagram:minhealthtt • Ministry of Health Twitter:MoH_TT • Ministry of Health Website:www.health.gov.tt Ministry of Communications • Ministry of Communications Facebook:ministryofcommunications&news.gov.tt • Ministry of Communications Instagram:ministry_of_communications &news.gov.tt • Ministry of Communications Twitter:minofcom_tt&newsgovtt • Ministry of Communications Website:www.moc.gov.tt&www.news.gov.tt For international updates and general informationon COVID-19 please visit the following pages: • World Health Organization (WHO):www.who.int • Pan- American Health Organization (PAHO):www.paho.org • Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):www.cdc.gov

KFC has delivered 1000 meals to police stations nationwide to show its support and appreciation for the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), as it does its part to fight the COVID-19 virus. The restaurant said the hardworking and committed officers of the TTPS have been putting their lives on the line every day, fulfilling their duties to help manage the spread of COVID 19. "They have had to leave their families, under a nationwide 'Stay at Home' protocol to help fight this battle on our behalf. Not enough can be said to thank each of them for all they continue to do under these circumstances," it said. As such, KFC said it decided to pay tribute to the officers, with a 'thousand notes of gratitude', in the form of one thousand meals. "However, KFC restaurants nationwide, from Mayaro to Scarborough, decided to have a thousand notes of gratitude - in the form of one thousand KFC meals - deployed and delivered to officers at locations throughout the country. A small token of appreciation and support which we can all add to in our own ways, in order to spread the spirit of positivity and hope that will see us all through this time."