Medical Association: Citizens should avoid spreading any viral illnesses

The Trinidad and Tobago Medical Association (T&TMA) will be hosting a clinical symposium on February 16, 2020, to sensitise members of the local medical fraternity about the novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV.

In an official statement issued today, the Association shares all available information on the 2019-nCoV, and is urging citizens to take all necessary precautions to avoid spreading any viral illnesses, especially in light of the global threat around it.

Special coronavirus task force needed now—Heerah

The former head of the National Operations Centre is recommending that a special task force be set up to deal with the coronavirus.

Commander Garvin Heerah told Guardian Media today that this country already has a working model, based on international best practice, which can be implemented in the shortest possible time.

He points to the task force which was set up during the height of the Ebola crisis, a few years ago.

PLIPDECO responds to rumours about dead bodies on vessel

The  Point  Lisas  Industrial  Port  Development  Corporation  (PLIPDECO) has responded to rumours of three dead, Chinese crew members on-board a ship docked at the Port of Point Lisas, describing them as untrue.

The rumours have been circulating via a viral WhatsApp message.

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), also has issued a statement, debunking the claims.

In an official statement, PLIPDECO reports on the various measures it has undertaken since the spread of the coronavirus nCoV-2019.

No health scare at Point Lisas Port

Rumours that three Chinese crew members on-board a ship docked at the Port of Point Lisas are dead, have been dispelled.

The false information stemmed from a WhatsApp message that went viral on Thursday relating to the global epidemic, the Coronavirus nCov-2019.

The message read:

T&T Contravenes WHO Recommendation

The travel restriction Cabinet intends to implement on anyone coming into the country from China is in contravention of one of the seven recommendations put forth by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as it declared the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern late Thursday evening.

UWI hosts forum today on coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

The University of the West Indies (The UWI) will be hosting a Vice-Chancellor's Forum titled “Demystifying the Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)”, Thursday 30 January 2020.

The Forum can be viewed via UWItv’s livestream (at from 1 pm local time. Those watching the broadcast can send their questions in via the chat feature for the livestream.

Cabinet to discuss coronavirus plan today

On the heels of a coro­n­avirus scare in Ja­maica on Tues­day, Min­is­ter of Health Ter­rence Deyals­ingh will go to Cab­i­net to­day for ad­vice on how T&T should treat with pas­sen­gers on in­com­ing flights. He con­firmed the move while speak­ing on the Morn­ing Brew yes­ter­day.

Citizens say CANCEL or POSTPONE Carnival... as Wuhan coronavirus fears mount

Cabinet is meeting today to discuss what protocols should be activated in the event of a Wuhan coronavirus outbreak in Trinidad and Tobago.

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh will be taking a note to Cabinet concerning how to deal with the possibility. He also will be asking for the creation of an early warning system concerning health epidemics for this country, as well as recommending a region-wide early warning system for CARICOM, especially in light of the recent coronavirus scare in Jamaica, earlier this week.

Health Minister: “Try not to go to China…”

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh is urging citizens who were planning to travel to china, to avoid doing so, unless it is absolutely necessary.

The minister issued the public advisory on CNC3’s The Morning Brew today:

“I am urging everyone who is thinking about going to China for non-essential travel to please, not go. It is not in your best interest to go to China at this point in time.”

The health minister is encouraging citizens who have recently travelled to China, or who know someone who has, to get themselves to the nearest health facility.