Keith Rowley

 Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley

When news spread like wildfire yesterday that Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley had contracted Covid-19, people expressed “shock” and “surprise” while some even found it “passing strange” he had suddenly contracted the virus.

Those who felt it was “passing strange” no­ted that Rowley was to receive his first vaccine jab at the Scarborough Health Centre around 2.30 p.m., and wondered about the timing. Yet others wished him a speedy recovery after the Office of the Prime Minister disclosed Rowley started experiencing flu-like symptoms late on Monday and was subsequently tested for the virus.

Several people said the big question was: “Who gave Rowley Covid-19?” People said they were waiting with bated breath to see what the contract tracing would unearth. And some of Rowley’s more caustic critics said: “He does not want to answer questions about Tobago and the deadlock. Suddenly, you just got Covid-19.”

On the Brian Lara Promenade in Port of Spain, Sea Lots resident Nikita Warne said: “I think he must be scared to take the vaccine. He needs prayers. I came back from a life-and-death situation. Hooked up to machines. Prayers saved my life. He probably does not want to take the vaccine.”

Self-employed Chris­tian Cordner, who has opted not to take the vaccine, said: “Kamla Per­sad-Bissessar (Oppo­si­tion Leader) said ‘a little puncheon and sunshine’. That’s all Rowley needs to cure his Covid-19, espe­cially if he has it. Maybe they should do some more tests and see if he really has Covid-19.”

St James resident El­vin Tho­mas said he prefers to get Covid-19 rather than take the vaccine.

Earl Noel, 69, who was preparing for Ramadan, said: “What is all this fuss about Rowley getting Covid-19? He is a human being just like us. He can get sick. Why don’t you all write about when the regular man gets Covid-19?”

Newspaper vendor Cecil Benjamin and his friend Kit McClashie shared the same view, saying: “Rowley should lead by example and take the Covid-19 vaccine. He has to be an exemplar. He must take the vaccine when he gets better.”

Meanwhile jewelry vendor Nauth, who complained about being handcuffed by the police, said: “How can Rowley get Covid-19? It’s not easy to get close to him. But if he does have Covid-19, he will have the best doctors in the land. Let us see what happens after, whether or not he will take the vaccine.”

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