5th T&T COVID-19 case confirmed

The following is a statement by the Ministry of Health.

“The Ministry of Health, Trinidad and Tobago, advises the population of one additional confirmed case (imported) of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The patient is a twenty-six (26) year old male.

Thus, in total, five persons have tested positive for COVID-19 in Trinidad and Tobago at this time.

Members of the public are strongly advised to adhere to the following personal health protection measures to safeguard themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19:              

Equal Opportunity Tribunal announces changes to operations

The Equal Opportunity Tribunal has made changes to its operations in response to workplace guidelines provided by the government in dealing with the novel coronavirus. 

The following is a press release from the EOT: 

As a result of the risks associated with the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic and responding to the workplace guidelines and pandemic provisions mandated by the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the Equal Opportunity Tribunal has initiated its COVID-19 Response Strategy.

Coronavirus fears trigger panic buying

Scores of concerned people flocked to retail and wholesale outlets today to pick up critical cleaning supplies.

This occurred in light of more cases of Coronavirus and a death being recorded in the region.

As more customers arrived the lines grew longer and stretched down the aisles.

Businesses such as PriceMart, Massy Stores and Pennywise saw stocks flying off the shelves very quickly.

In the case of PriceMart, in particular, a limit of 3 units of certain items was implemented.

Govt bans cruise ship entry to T&T for rest of season

Health Min­is­ter Ter­rence Deyals­ingh says no cruise ships will be al­lowed to berth in ei­ther Trinidad or To­ba­go for the rest of the cruise ship sea­son.

Speak­ing at a post-Cab­i­net me­dia brief­ing on Thurs­day, Deyals­ingh said the de­ci­sion was tak­en as the Gov­ern­ment steps up its ef­forts to stop or de­lay the coro­n­avirus (COVID-19) from reach­ing T&T's shores.

St Augustine lab on COVID-19 testing: We’re doing nothing wrong

Three days af­ter the Caribbean Pub­lic Health Agency (CARPHA) claimed it was the on­ly re­gion­al ref­er­ence lab­o­ra­to­ry ac­cred­it­ed to test for the nov­el coro­n­avirus (COVID-19) and al­so con­firm pos­i­tive/neg­a­tive re­sults—of­fi­cials at the St Au­gus­tine Med­ical Lab­o­ra­to­ry (STAML) say they are do­ing noth­ing wrong or il­le­gal as they too, per­form ver­i­fied di­ag­nos­tic tests for the virus.