Fifteen more people tested positive for the Covid-19 virus yesterday and are now in hospital. The Ministry of Health’s Covid-19 updates yesterday indicated that it was still unknown how 12 of the newest cases contracted the virus, as epidemiological investigations were being done. Three of the patients contracted the virus from recently positive Covid-19 patients, the Ministry noted.

T&T now has 225 confirmed Covid-19 cases, with 82 active cases.

One employee of the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services is awaiting the results of a Covid-19 test after being identified as a secondary contact of someone who tested positive for the virus. In a statement yesterday, the Ministry advised that the first floor (accounts section) of its head office at the CL Financial building on St Vincent Street in Port of Spain was being sanitised. “In light of this, the Ministry wishes to advise that the accounts unit will not be open to the public on Monday...Normal operations will recommence from Tuesday,” the Ministry said.

Embassy warns US citizens

about T&T travel

The United States Embassy in Port of Spain warned its citizens to “reconsider” travel to Trinidad and Tobago as Covid-19 cases rise locally. The Embassy on Thursday upgraded an advisory on T&T that previously warned against violent crime and terrorism to include the Covid-19 threat. It advised people to reconsider travel into T&T “due to restricted travel options put in place to prevent Covid-19. Exercise increased caution in Trinidad and Tobago due to crime, terrorism, and kidnapping. Some areas have increased risk,” the alert on the Embassy website added.

“Travellers to Trinidad and Tobago may experience border closures, airport closures, travel prohibitions, stay at home orders, business closures, and other emergency conditions within Trinidad and Tobago due to Covid-19,” the alert stated. The United States Centre for Disease Control (CDC) also warned US citizens about non-essential travel to T&T because of its “high” Covid-19 risk.

“Travellers at increased risk for severe illness from Covid-19 should consider postponing all travel, including essential travel, to Trinidad and Tobago,” the CDC warned in an advisory on its website. “If you get sick in Trinidad and Tobago and need medical care, resources may be limited.”

The CDC said some examples of essential travel to T&T may include travelling for humanitarian aid work, medical reasons or family emergencies.

“Older adults, people of any age with certain underlying medical conditions, and others at increased risk for severe illness should consider postponing all travel, including essential travel, to Trinidad and Tobago,” it cautioned.

The CDC urged US citizens that if they tested positive for Covid-19 while in another country, even if they have no symptoms, they may be isolated or not be permitted to return to the US until they have recovered fully from their illness.

“If you get exposed to a person with Covid-19 while abroad, you may be quarantined or not be permitted to return to the United States until 14 days after your last exposure,” the CDC advised.

The CDC issued similar advisories for several other Caribbean countries, including Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Guyana.