A police officer with a recent travel history has tested positive for COVID-19.

This was confirmed via a news release yesterday from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.

However, the TTPS stressed that at no time after his return to this country did the officer report for duty or visit any police stations.

The officer is currently being treated at the Couva Hospital.

According to the TTPS, the officer, who was on vacation, was granted permission to leave the country. He left for New York on February 26 and returned to Trinidad on March 18.

He was met by a female friend who took him to his home. The officer complained of feeling unwell and was taken to see a doctor on March 19. He ­returned home after he was treated, but later complained of body pains and was taken to the health facility in the area where he lives.

He was attended to and taken by ambulance to the San Fernando General Hospital. Based on the findings of the doctors at the hospital, the officer was transferred to the Couva Hospital, where he is being treated. He received confirmation from the Ministry of Health that he tested positive for COVID-19.

His friend checked into the Caura Hospital, where she was tested and is awaiting the results.

The TTPS also learned the brother of the officer has now placed himself in self-quarantine after coming into contact with him. “The TTPS states that at no time did the police officer return to the police station where he was last ­attached, as he is still on vacation leave.

“Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith said that the police officer never reported for duty or visited any police station since his return from New York. He says that the officer went straight to his home from Piarco International Airport and remained there until he sought medical attention,” the release stated.


The current shutdown of non-essen­tial businesses and other restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19 can “possibly” be exten­ded beyond April 15.

So said Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday as he lamented that Trinidad and Tobago’s COVID-19 situation is expected to wor­sen in the coming weeks.

BARS, private members clubs, ­casinos, gaming and betting facilities and cinemas will remain closed until April 30.

This according to a new Regulation—The Public Health Novel Coronavirus No 7 Regulation, which was released yesterday and which extends the prohibition on certain activities from April 15 to April 30.

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