Political parties can have walkabouts with more than 25 people, but they must be separated into smaller groups.

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.

Speaking during yesterday’s virtual news conference, Deyal­singh said masks should be worn by all those involved in walkabouts, and social distancing should be practised.

“If you are engaging in political activities where more than 25 persons are with you, it is very simple. If you have 40 persons, put them in two groups of 20 and have one person managing each group. If you have 75 persons, put them in three groups of 25 and space them out and also ensure that they wear masks.”

Deyalsingh said political parties and candidates must set the example as the country looks to them for leadership.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram said guidelines for election day will be established by the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC).

He noted that the Ministry of Health had set up a mock polling station on Tuesday to ensure the smooth running of the election process.

Following this, the ministry signed off on the protocols which were then sent to the Chief Elections Officer.

Parasram said once the EBC develops guidelines, they will be disseminated to the public.

On the issue of whether people in quarantine will be able to vote, Parasram said they are included in the guidelines as a special voting category.


Trinidad and Tobago is now at the height of the spike.

That spike, says Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Roshan Parasram, is T&T’s deadliest third wave of Covid-19.

He predicts that it’s going to get worse before it gets better.

Trinidad and Tobago is now under a state of emergency.

A curfew is also in effect, requiring citizens to stay in their homes between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., with exceptions made for essential workers.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley announced the measures yesterday, one day after the business community called for an state of emergency and curfew to be implemented in an effort to bring the Covid-19 case count under control.

The parallel healthcare system is at near capacity, even as hundreds of new Covid-19 cases are being reported daily.

Speaking at a news conference yesterday, Dr Maryam Abdool-Richards, Principal Medical Officer, Institutions, noted that more people are being admitted to hospital daily than those being discharged.

Young people are most hesitant about taking the Covid-19 vaccine, while those aged 65 and older are more likely than any other age group to express interest in getting it.

This is according to data of a 2021 Consumer Economic Study (CES) conducted by Market Facts & Opinions (2000) Ltd (MFO) over the period April 14 to May 3, 2021.

Respondents were asked to indicate their perceptions of the Covid-19 vaccine, and whether they were prepared to be vaccinated.