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(flashback)giving an update: Dr Avery Hinds, technical director in the Epidemiology Division at the Ministry of Health, gives a Covid-19 update at the Ministry of Health news conference at Ncrha recently. 

With just 10 days having expired in the new year, Trinidad and Tobago is beginning to experience an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.

In delivering an epidemiological report at Monday’s virtual COVID-19 update, Dr Avery Hinds, Director of Epidemiology at the Ministry of Health, noted that over the past two days, the number of new COVID-19 cases has begun trending upward.

He was at the time reviewing the country’s epidemic curve for 2020, and analysing the data on the number of new infections for the year as at Sunday (Jan 10).

“One current trend that we have noted in the past couple of days, meaning over the past two days specifically, is that we’re now beginning to see slightly larger number of cases per day than we’ve seen throughout the early part of the year, throughout the first seven days or so.

“Where we had between eight and 12 cases most times per day, we did note there were cases rising into the twenties-25, 21-over the past two days, and this may very well be as a result of any of the gathering and congregational activities that may have occurred two weeks ago.”

He said that two-week timeframe basically represented the beginning of the Christmas festivities, from December 25 come forward.

“We’re hoping that this doesn’t establish itself as a rising trend but we do note the beginning of an increase, and we do note that they may very well be related to whatever activities took place behind the scenes over the Christmas period.

“We will continue to monitor and we’ll continue to advice,” Hinds said.


Attorneys are demanding that National Security Minister Stuart Young immediately remove his “arbitrary, illegal and unlawful poli­cy regarding entry to citizens into their beloved homeland, Trinidad and Tobago”.

The demand is made in a legal letter to Young and co­pied to Health Mini­ster Terrence Deyal­singh on behalf of 74-year-old pensioner Radhikar Ramoutar, who has been stranded in Canada since March 2020.

The former Petrotrin refinery is on the market again.

For the second time in three months, the Government has rejec­ted an offer by Patriotic Energies and Technologies, the company owned by the Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU), to acquire the Pointe-a-Pierre based refinery.

It follows 14 months of negotiations between both parties, with the liens (debt) of the assets being the sticking point.

THE board of the North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA) met in emergency session on the “insistence” of the Health Minister on Monday afternoon and ordered an immediate audit of all outpatient clinic appointments.

The action comes on the heels of a Sunday Express expose which revealed a barrage of patient complaints over long delays for appointments and treatments and serious shortcomings in the primary health care system.

We were misled.

That was the position advanced by Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) president general Ancel Roget yesterday following a decision taken by Cabinet to reject the bid by the OWTU-owned Patriotic Energies and Technologies Ltd for the acquisition of the former Petrotrin refinery assets.

It’s hardly the grand entrance Joe Biden might have dreamed of. The US president-elect arrived in the nation’s capital yesterday, ready to assume power as the nation reels from the coronavirus pandemic, soaring unemployment and grave concerns about more violence as he prepares to take the oath of office.