Sunday 5 April, 2020

Cops alerted to criminals going to homes, posing as healthcare workers

Citizens are being advised to report any suspicious activity in light of alleged reports of criminals masquerading as public health workers and requesting access to homes to spray houses as a preventive measure against COVID-19.

The Ministry of Health on Thursday advised that it is aware of such reports, and citizens should contact the police about any such suspicious people.

The Ministry advised, however, that public health representatives may visit homes and various public locations within communities to do contact tracing and advise persons of the necessary healthcare precautions in keeping with its COVID-19 protocols to protecting the population.

All public health personnel who conduct these official duties are required to have photo identification badges clearly displayed on their person at all times. These identification badges must be presented upon request.

Citizens are advised that if the individual refuses to display their identification or present it upon request they should immediately terminate further contact, lock your doors and call the TTPS using the 999 emergency number.

Members of the public can confirm the identity of someone presenting themselves as a public health representative by contacting the relevant public health unit.

The public is urged to continue to take personal health precautions, be vigilant and report any suspicious cases to the police if the identity of the person cannot be confirmed.

Meanwhile, the police are working with the Ministry to ensure that people who have been specifically advised by public health officials to self-quarantine, fully comply with these instructions.

The Ministry said the separation of persons who may have contracted the disease, from the rest of the population, is a fundamental aspect of the infection control protocols that are being implemented to prevent community spread of the disease.

The support of the TTPS will provide additional assurance that self-quarantine rules are adhered to in all instances.

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