NATIONAL Security Minister Edmund Dillon

Three of the 82 Venezuelans who “voluntarily” departed from Trinidad and Tobago last Saturday had asylum certificates, but abandoned their asylum claims in favour of returning home.

So said National Security Minister Edmund Dillon as he responded to urgent questions on the issue from Uni­ted National Congress (UNC) Senator Wade Mark in the Senate, at Tower D, International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain, yesterday.

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Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday strenuously rejected the assertion that Tobago and its people were the cause of the current Covid-19 spike.

NATIONAL Security Minister Fitzgerald Hinds has shot down speculation that the illegal entry of Venezuelans into Trini­dad and Tobago was behind a significant spike in Covid-19 cases in the past month.

THE population may have had a little too much fun during the past three weeks.

A spike in Covid-19 cases yesterday led the Government to bring back restrictions on activities and gatherings not seen since the early days of the pandemic last year.

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh announced additional restrictions on gatherings—including at places of worship—as at midnight last night.

Muslims who attend juma or Islamic Friday prayers twice will now be accommodated at three prayer sessions from tomorrow.

So said El Socorro Nur E Islam imam Sharaz Ali after Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh announced that from midnight on Wednesday, places of worship will be reduced from 50 per cent to 25 per cent capacity.

MINUTES after offering prayers at his home in Penal yesterday, Ramnath Ramlochan was electrocuted when the bamboo jhandi (Hindu prayer flag) he was installing came into contact with an overhead electrical wire.