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 Dr Keith Rowley

Restrictions implemented to control the spread of Covid-19 will remain in place for now.

But Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says some measures may be relaxed as early as next week.

Additionally, Trinidad and Tobago may be able to participate in the Caricom “tra­vel bubble”, allowing travel between some islands, once daily Covid-19 cases remain below a certain level.

Speaking during yesterday’s virtual media conference hosted by the Ministry of Health, the Prime Minister said if citizens continue to comply with the regulations, the country may be in a position to lift some restrictions by October 3.

“We expect that when we meet next week that if we do not reverse our trend when we meet next week, we should be able to take a few decisions that would allow us to very cautiously step out and go back to some semblance of participation,” the Prime Minister said.

He did not say which mea­sures were likely to be relaxed.

Rowley however said Government was aiming to bring new Co­vid-19 infections down to no more than 20 cases per day as this was the criteria required to participate in the Caricom travel bubble.

Caricom heads of government, in an effort to resuscitate the Covid-19-challenged travel and tourism sectors, took a decision to institute a travel bubble among Caricom member states and associate members which meet the criteria.

Only those countries with no cases and those in the low-risk cate­gory would be allowed to parti­cipate in the bubble, which would allow travellers to move between participating countries without the requirement of a negative Covid-19 test or quarantine upon arrival.

Initially, Grenada, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, and Barbados met the criteria, with the latter four countries already commencing travel.

“We are aiming to carry our numbers down to 20 in­fec­­­­­tions per day, which is what the Caricom leaders have set as a target to partici­pate in this bubble,” Rowley said.

“If we get down to that level of 20 infections or less per day, we can interact with the people of Grenada, Barbados, St Lucia...and then have some kind of contact or travel arrangements between us. We have set that as our target to get there to be able to participate.”

Thirty-five new Covid-19 ca­­­ses were recorded yesterday.

Rowley said once citizens continue to wear face masks and abide by the regulations, the country will meet the target of 20 cases or fewer per day. • See Page 9

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