Some 293 people who were quarantined on the Enchantment of the Seas cruise ship will be transferred to quarantine facilities on land. A total of nine persons from the ship had tested positive for Covid-19 and were taken from the ship and hospitalised at Caura Hospital.
The decision to quarantine everyone on land was taken after the Health Ministry, National Security Ministry and Port Authority participated in a virtual meeting with representatives of the management of the Enchantment of the Seas cruise ship to discuss the quarantine status of the Trinidad and Tobago nationals on board the vessel.
“The decision was made that, in light of the three recent Covid-19 positive cases from this group and out of an abundance of caution, on Tuesday June 30, 2020 our nationals on board will be allowed to disembark the ship and will be moved into State quarantine on land,” said a news release from the Health Ministry.
The ministry said land quarantine will facilitate the continued monitoring of these nationals.
“The nationals will be held in quarantine, for a short period of time, where another round of PCR tests will be conducted during this week. Upon receipt and review of these results, a determination will be made as to when they can be safely reunited with their families,” stated the ministry. The ministry added that it empathises with the plight of the persons under quarantine but advises that this step is being taken to ensure the continued safety of these nationals, their families and the population at large.
It stated that while nationals are in State quarantine, the standard protocols will apply, which include the ability of the families of the quarantined persons to send care packages to them.
The Ministry also expressed thanks to the management and staff of the Enchantment of the Seas for ensuring the safety of T&T nationals by maintaining the strict quarantine protocols while the nationals were on board.