Wednesday 23 September, 2020

Deyalsingh to beach bather: You have a ventilator in your house?

Police are looking for this woman who was recorded bathing in a beach despite them being closed.

Police are looking for this woman who was recorded bathing in a beach despite them being closed.

Minister of Health, Terrence Deyalsingh has lashed out at those who seem intent on flouting the Public Health Regulations.  

Speaking at the Ministry of Health’s virtual news conference, Deyalsingh shared his consternation after seeing a video of a woman bragging about having access to a private beach. 

“As characterised by that most reckless post by that young lady, you represent a clear and present threat to my livelihood, to the livelihoods of every single worker in Trinidad and Tobago and I pull no punches as I close, that you characterise the worst of young people in Trinidad and Tobago,” he said. 

Minister Deyalsingh lamented that despite the obvious circumstances that both the country and the global population are facing, there are those who seem undaunted by the measures being taken to curtail the virus’ spread. 

“Are you going to build an ICU (Intensive Care Unit) at your house? I am talking directly to that young lady and all of those who worship at the altar of denial. When you get ill, whose hospitals are you going to? Whose healthcare workers are going to take care of you, your own? You have oxygen in your house? You have a heart monitor in your house? You have a ventilator in your house? You have an IV set up in your house?” he questioned. 

He called on the younger population to stop looking for loopholes in the system as it could be to the detriment of the greater good. 

“Those young persons who worship at the altar of denial, and I promised myself I wouldn’t say it but I am going to say it now, those who worship at the altar of stupidity that will crash this system,” he said. 

Citizens between the age of 25 – 39 years old have been identified as the most predominant COVID-19 population. 

The video was posted on Saturday, September 12, shortly after Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley announced that Public Health Regulations governing the closure of all beaches, bay, rivers, pools and water parks would be upheld until October 11.

The woman claimed that the beach she has recorded was a private beach and therefore she was above the law.

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service has since launched efforts to find the woman since there is no such thing as a 'private beach' in this country. She has not yet been found.

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