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Thursday 13 August, 2020

PM to UNC: Stop organising large groups to walk around neighbourhoods

File photo: Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley

File photo: Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley

One day after he publicly called on citizens to adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says it is clear his appeal to the public to take the threat of COVID-19 seriously, and to not congregate or assemble in large groups is falling on many deaf ears.

In a statement on Saturday, Dr Rowley called on the United National Congress (UNC) to stop organising large groups of people to walk around neighbourhoods.

He said this action provides fertile conditions to fuel an outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.

"These are people who believe that they must put their finger in the wound to believe that there could be pain. It is in this context that once again I am appealing to my colleagues of the political arena, the UNC, officers and supporters to stop organising large groups of people to walk around neighbourhoods. This action provides fertile conditions to fuel an outbreak of the virus. This political activity may be deemed essential but not in this time of a pandemic."

The Prime Minister added that there are many other ways to reach and influence the electorate.

"This action of denial or daring poses a threat to the entire nation. There are many other ways to reach and influence the electorate. I appeal to all persons organising groups to refrain from violating the health protocols of small groups and wearing of masks once outdoors among people."

The Prime Minister on Friday announced that as a result of the recent spike of COVID-19 cases in Trinidad and Tobago, only a maximum of ten people will be allowed to gather in a group. 

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