Wednesday 8 July, 2020

Health Ministry: Cruise ship passengers to be quarantined on land

The Ministry of Health has made a decision to move passengers currently quarantined on the Enchantment of the Seas cruise ship to state quarantine on land.

In a statement issued June 28, 2020, the Ministry said the decision was taken in light of three recent COVID-19 cases from the ship.

The Ministry said the decision was made after a virtual meeting involving the Ministry of National security, the Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago along with representatives of the management of the Enchantment of the Seas cruise ship to discuss the quarantine status of the Trinidad and Tobago nationals on board the vessel.

"The decision was made that, in light of the three recent COVID-19 positive cases from this group and out of an abundance of caution, on Tuesday 30th June, 2020 our nationals on board will be allowed to disembark the ship and will be moved into state quarantine on land."

The Ministry said this is to facilitate the continued monitoring of these nationals.

The Ministry said the nationals will be held in quarantine, for a short period of time, where another round of PCR tests will be conducted during this week.

"Upon receipt and review of these results, a determination will be made as to when they can be safely reunited with their families," the Ministry said.

The Ministry said it empathises with the plight of the persons under quarantine but advises that this step is being taken to ensure the continued safety of these nationals, their families and the population at large.

While the nationals are in state quarantine, the standard protocols will apply, which include the ability of the families of the quarantined persons to send care packages to them.

The Ministry said family members will be provided with further details at a later date.

Both Ministries thanked cruise ship staff for their dedication in ensuring the safety of the passengers by maintaining strict quarantine protocols while the nationals are on board.

The Ministry said it will continue to provide up-to-date information and take the necessary steps to safeguard the health of the population as we work collaboratively to beat COVID-19. 

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