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FLASHBACK 2020: Police officers on patrol in San Fernando on Carnival Monday. Photo: TREVOR WATSON

Anyone found participating Carnival-like celebrations on the streets of Trinidad and Tobago next Monday and Tuesday will be punished.

According to superintendent Roger Alexander, co-host of TV’s Beyond the Tape, all arms of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) will be out to crack down on fetes.

Alexander reminded citizens that Carnival was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Therefore, he said, there must be no paint, powder or mud on the streets.

“But you know we have no Carnival but there are some persons mentally they are having a Carnival,” he said.

Instructions from superintendent of the Guard and Emergency Branch, he said, advised that officers will be out in their numbers from Friday.

He said all citizens are being asked to comply with the regulations and law of Trinidad and Tobago.

Alexander said police were reliably informed that persons were planning to engage in Jouvert celebrations on Monday morning.

He said, “First of all, the GEB intend to move with full arms, tasers, rubber bullet, tear gas, handcuff, batons and weapons. Sometimes you have no choice but to force compliance. If it is allowed to continue we will have a city, a country that is lawless and without governance.”

And those who intend to “test the waters”, Alexander said, they will “drown”.

He encouraged people to have virtual fetes within confines of their homes but without a gathering.

“I don’t mind you keeping virtual you know keep your virtual, let me see your kitchen sink. If you stray and you encourage people to come and gather together in a particular place then the police must get involved,” he said.

Alexander called on employers to ensure that all workers report for duties on Monday, Tuesday and on Ash Wednesday next week.

“If I am an employer persons if you stay home Monday and Tuesday of next week I will fire you. We already in a situation where you trying to stand up on our own and you want to go and flex? If flex mean so much to you I will made you an unemployed flexer for a long, long time,” he said.

Alexander also issued a stern warning to those people considering going to Maracas Beach for the annual Ash Wednesday cooldown.

“Look out for the police there too. If you go to the beach, go to the carpark and find a park. Do not park your vehicle on the roadway, we will borrow it for $500,” he said.


The Covid-19 death toll jumped again yesterday, with five added deaths being reported by the Ministry of Health.

The death toll from the virus now stands at 196.

The latest deaths included one elderly male and one middle-age male, both with co-morbidities; as well as two middle-age males and one middle-age female, without co-morbidities.

Pandemic tears.

Both Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh yesterday confessed to being reduced to tears in the face of their “disappointment” over “the response of the national community to pandemic restrictions” and the tragic consequences that flow from it.

The Government deepened and tightened its containment measures from midnight last night, announcing that with the exception of essential services the country goes into extended lockdown until May 23.

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has called on the Government to engage all stakeholders to form a united front to fight Covid-19.

“This is a time for humility and not a time for arrogance. The UNC and many stakeholders have been trying to assist since the beginning of this crisis, but the Government has pursued its own way,” Persad-Bissessar stated in a news release yesterday.

A gift of 100,000 vaccines from China will make its way to Trinidad and Tobago from next week, says Health Minister Terrence Deyal­singh.

He added that some 33,600 AstraZeneca vaccines will also be arriving at Piarco on Monday from the COVAX facility.

Speaking yesterday at the Prime Minister’s news conference at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s, Deyalsingh noted that the World Health Organisation (WHO) had given approval to the Sino­pharm vaccine for emergency use.

NATIONAL flags across the country will be flying at half-mast today as former minister of energy and energy industries Franklin Khan is laid to rest.

Khan’s funeral will be held from 10 a.m. at Aramalaya Presbyterian Church in Tunapuna, with only ten people at the service in keeping with Covid-19 regulations.