Saturday 11 July, 2020

Gov't looks at repatriation of more nationals

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Government is seeking to repatriate more nationals stranded abroad.

Speaking at a media conference at the Diplomatic Centre in St Ann's on Saturday, the Prime Minister said he has asked his team to look into it.

"We have a stream of people on the outside who want to come in. We started with a no entry, and then we started very slowly. We want to move a little more aggressively to bring categories of people in. But I want you to understand that we still have to control that flow."

Meanwhile, National Security Minister Stuart Young said "there is no opening of commercial flights to leave Trinidad."

Young added that he remains in communication with the cruise ship companies.

The Minister said one cruise ship company has agreed to use one of its vessels to quarantine returning nationals.

However, he said Government will exercise caution.

"At this stage, I cannot even give a 100 % accurate number because with every communication, we are getting different numbers...We got confirmation from one of the cruise ship companies that they are willing to use one of their vessels to assist us with the quarantine process."

"But we have a concern. You would have seen or heard by now that just recently in St Vincent there were eight persons who have been confirmed with COVID-19. Of course we have experience with the cruise ships and COVID-19. We are very cautious with that."

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