Coronavirus spores

Three deportees from the United States, and a returning student have tested positive for Covid-19.

They have been transferred to the Caura Hospital.

Last Thursday, 22 people were deported from the United States .

The deportees — 18 men and two women — were placed in quarantine in keeping with Covid-19 regulations.

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said the 18 male deportees were being quarantined at the Vision on Mission (VOM) facility in Claxton Bay.

The two women would complete their quarantine period at The University of the West Indies (The UWI) Debe campus.

The deportees were swabbed for Covid-19 testing and Deyalsingh said the Ministry was “hoping and praying for the best”.

The information was disclosed in an update provided by the Ministry of Health this morning.

This is the latest data.

Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and UWI site for testing for COVID-19 - 5061

Number of unique patient tests completed - 3986

Number of repeated tests - 1075

Number of samples which have tested positive - 130

Number of deaths - 8

Number of persons discharged 113

 Four (4) additional returning nationals have tested positive for COVID-19.

Three of the four are recently deported nationals from the United States, while one is a returning student from the Barbados cohort.

All cases are imported.

All established protocols are being implemented.

 Four (4) persons have been discharged from the Caura Hospital


THERE is a backlog of 7,000 ballistics cases in Trinidad and Tobago.

This climbing backlog is as a result of a shortage of ballistics examiners and lack of space which has resulted in delayed legal proceedings.

Last month, two arms of the Ministry of National Security—the National Forensic Science Centre (NFSC) and the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS)—collaborated to launch a training programme, entitled Firearm and Toolmark Examiner Training, at the Police Training Academy in St James.

TRINIDAD and Tobago nationals stuck abroad have become so desperate to return home that some have attempted to bribe staff at the Ministry of National Security to get preferential treatment in the exemption process.

Now, National Security Minister Stuart Young is warning that this will not be tolerated and anyone attempting to bribe his/her way back to T&T will be reported to the police.

Young was speaking during the Ministry of Health’s virtual news conference yesterday, where he revealed that ministry staff have been offered bribes.

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.

AS investigations continue to determine who shot Ornella Greaves in Beetham Gardens, more and more cell phone videos are being released on social media sites.

Greaves, a mother of five, who was pregnant when she was killed was shot at about 10 a.m. on June 30 when police officers and Beetham Gardens residents clashed during a violent protest.

CHIEF executive of Namalco Construction Services Naeem Ali has filed private criminal charges against three police officers alleging that they assaulted him and stole $.2 million from his vehicle during an exercise in Penal two Wednesdays ago.