Sunday 12 July, 2020

87 people quarantined, 56 more expected to return home soon

Heath Minister, Terrence Deyalsingh

Heath Minister, Terrence Deyalsingh

A total of 87 people are quarantined at three state facilities across Trinidad and Tobago.

There are seven patients at the Cascadia Hotel, 21 at the National Racquet Centre and 59 at the UWI Debe Campus.

Another 56 nationals are expected to return to the country in the coming days-30 from Caracas and 26 from another cruise ship.

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh provided an update at the virtual media conference on Monday.

"From tomorrow and continuing forward, we are expecting 30 persons from Caracas. They will be quarantined at the Brooklyn facility in Sangre Grande, which we still have. We could not have used Brooklyn before because as per protocol, any step-down facility used for COVID-19 patients must have a minimum of two weeks airing out time. It has to be cleansed, decontaminated and we give it a minimum of two weeks before we can use that facility again. We have gone more than two weeks with the Brooklyn Centre. So, 30 persons, who we expect tomorrow, will he housed at the Brooklyn Centre."

"And, I'm told we expect 26 persons from another cruise ship-the Carnival Fantasy. They will be going to the Home of Football. I don't have an exact date as yet."

A total of 52 nationals, who were stranded aboard the Disney Fantasy cruise ship, returned to Trinidad on Monday morning.The nationals are being housed at the UWI Debe Campus.

On Saturday night, six other cruise ship workers returned home.They are also being quarantined at the Debe facility.

There are currently no hospitalised COVID-19 patients in Trinidad and Tobago.

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