Dr. Roshan Parasram

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Roshan Parasram

Trinidad and Tobago will “possibly” consider reopening its borders to countries when Covid-19 transmissions in those countries decrease or reach to zero, says Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram.

T&T closed its borders to all countries from midnight on March 22.

“When things change in the coming months, I assume, there will be countries with decreased transmission or no transmission at all, we will have to look at possibly a reverse order in the way we allow people in the country,” Parasram said during yesterday’s Covid-19 virtual news conference.

He noted that Covid-19 numbers were still rising in countries like the United States and Brazil.

“When we look at countries like the US, which a lot of nationals come back into...22,133 people would have tested positive within the last day in the US. I believe that is the highest total they would have had for quite a while, if not the highest total they would have had. Similarly in Brazil, we have 25,982 cases within the last 24 hours which is reported by WHO (World Health Organisation) so their numbers are rising as well and they are all around us,” Parasram pointed out.

He went on:

“We have to judge basically if and when to reopen our borders based on what the circumstance is on the outside, just as we closed it based on what the circumstance was at that time in certain countries.

“But for now, because the pandemic has spread so quickly throughout the world, the situation in no particular country has reached the stage where we can allow entry from any one territory as yet. So hence the reason we had made the recommendation to have the borders continue to remain closed.”


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This climbing backlog is as a result of a shortage of ballistics examiners and lack of space which has resulted in delayed legal proceedings.

Last month, two arms of the Ministry of National Security—the National Forensic Science Centre (NFSC) and the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS)—collaborated to launch a training programme, entitled Firearm and Toolmark Examiner Training, at the Police Training Academy in St James.

TRINIDAD and Tobago nationals stuck abroad have become so desperate to return home that some have attempted to bribe staff at the Ministry of National Security to get preferential treatment in the exemption process.

Now, National Security Minister Stuart Young is warning that this will not be tolerated and anyone attempting to bribe his/her way back to T&T will be reported to the police.

Young was speaking during the Ministry of Health’s virtual news conference yesterday, where he revealed that ministry staff have been offered bribes.

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Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh gave this advice yesterday, as he urged political parties and candidates to adhere to the public health regulations to prevent the spread of Covid-19 as they embark on their pre-election campaigning.

AS investigations continue to determine who shot Ornella Greaves in Beetham Gardens, more and more cell phone videos are being released on social media sites.

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