Dr. Roshan Parasram

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Roshan Parasram

Children pose a greater risk of transmitting the Covid-19 virus and therefore must undergo two rounds of testing when travelling.

Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Roshan Parasram said yesterday children must have a PCR-negative test before entering Trinidad and Tobago. They must also undergo another test between three and five days of entering the country.

The CMO also disclosed there was a case of a two-month-old baby being Covid-­positive and treated in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Speaking at the Ministry of Health’s virtual Covid-19 news conference, Parasram said the entry policy from day one has always been that a negative PCR test is required before entry, regardless of age.

He said the second test after entry was added to provide further protection.

“We actually added for that category, which is ­children, another test between days three and five upon entry into the country,” he said. “The reason being those people in general can’t be vaccinated and they pose a greater risk of being infected and transmitting possible variants or ­other forms of the virus as they come in,” said Parasram.

An essential step

He pointed out children under the age of eight are not required to wear face masks.

He further explained with the various variants, this testing measure is required so that swift action can be taken to isolate an infected child.

“We are seeing it as an essential step to ensure they do have the PCR both before entering and at day three and five, as that additional assurance that if they do become positive that we are able to pick it up, isolate these persons from the rest of the popu­lation as quickly as we can,” he said.

“We have picked up children as early as two months who have required ICU admission in Trinidad and Tobago. Anyone, regardless of age, can have Covid and can develop complications,” said Parasram.

Questioned about the number of vaccinated persons entering Trinidad and Tobago, Parasram said the majority of travellers are vaccinated.

He said on the first flight last Saturday, there were 40 passengers, four of whom were unvaccinated.

On the second flight, there was a similar number and only one person was unvaccinated, he added.


Taxpayers have forked out close to $4 million in legal fees in the matter of Vertical Aviation LLC and the lease of the Sikorsky S76D helicopter by the former government.

Vertical Aviation had claimed the Government failed to satisfy its obligations under the lease by not paying rent and interest due for late rent payments, failed to replenish the security deposit after the aviation company applied the deposit funds to late rent payments, failed to enrol the aircraft in a tip-to-tail maintenance programme and did not maintain insurance for the aircraft.

Professor of molecular genetics and virology at The University of the West Indies (The UWI) Christine Carrington says while there are yet no confirmed cases of the Delta variant of Covid-19 in Trinidad and Tobago, it is only a matter of time before the highly transmissible variant is detected here.

Carrington was speaking during yesterday’s virtual news conference hosted by the Ministry of Health.

A 41-year-old woman remained in police custody yesterday, being questioned in connection with the murder of Maritime General and Fidelity Finance chairman and Piarco Airport corruption accused John Smith, 74, on Friday afternoon.

Around 4.30 p.m. on Friday, offi­cers of the Maraval Police Station responded to a call that there was a domestic dispute at a residence in Haleland Park, Saddle Road, Mara­val.

For decades, Trinidad and Tobago has battled a raging gang problem.

Successive governments and law enforcement have fought to reduce criminal organisations which have engaged in well-executed mafia-style illegal operations, including drug and gun running, money laundering, prostitution, extortion, and crimes like murders, robberies and even what are regarded as white-collar ventures.

THE manager at the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) who cleared an employee of any wrongdoing following a complaint against him has signed an affidavit saying he was repeatedly called upon to change his findings in the matter.

He also said he was denied several requests to interview the Min­ister of Public Utilities for a “witness statement in the matter”.

What happened in the canefield was a planned and frenzied assault, Justice Lisa Ramsumair-­Hinds said, in deli­vering guilty verdicts yesterday on Sean Luke murderers Akeel Mitchell and Richard Chatoo.

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