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Friday 14 August, 2020

PM extends stay-at-home order until May 15

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has extended the stay- at-home order for a further 10 days from April 30, which is the original date for the Public Health Ordinance’s expiration. 

This means that the stay-at-home order will be extended until at least May 15. 

In a media conference today, Dr Rowley said medical experts have advised that they need at least two more weeks to conduct surveillance testing before the country can be comfortably open.  

“We are required to give the technical people a further 14 days to conduct examinations of the population outside of the hospitalisation situations,” he said. 

Borders will also remain closed until at least May 15. 

Dr Rowley says on May 10, the country and its medical experts should have a better picture of Trinidad and Tobago’s standing.  

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Roshan Parasram explained that surveillance testing will be ramped up to 50 tests per day. He says it will help to determine whether Trinidad and Tobago has seen community spread of COVID-19 or can stay in its current standing of ‘sporadic spread’. 

Editor's note: A previous version of this story indicated that the PM said the stay-at-home order would expire on May 10. The PM has since clarified his statements.


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