Tobago has recorded its first confirmed case of the Delta variant. The individual has no travel history and is not a known contact of any positive case.

The confirmation of the Delta variant was received via gene sequencing at the Faculty of Medical Sciences Laboratory, University of the West Indies. The Delta variant is more contagious than the previous strains of COVID-19, which means it spreads more easily.

Secretary of Health, Wellness and Family Development, Assemblyman Tracy Davidson Celestine said: “We need to brace ourselves for the community spread. This is the first case we know of and its origins are unknown. We now need to learn to live with COVID and that means we need to vaccinate, mask up and move on with our lives. As long as you are not vaccinated you are at risk and you can increase the risk of spread and that means some of us don’t get to normalise.”

The Secretary added: “Data has indicated that Delta is the cause of more severe illness in unvaccinated people. Studies in Canada and Scotland showed that patients with Delta were more likely to be hospitalized than patients infected with any other variant…but we also know that the majority of hospitalisation and death caused by COVID-19 are in unvaccinated people.”

Unvaccinated people remain the greatest concern on the island. The greatest risk of transmission is among unvaccinated people who are much more likely to get infected, and therefore transmit the virus. Fully vaccinated people get COVID-19 (known as breakthrough infections) less often than unvaccinated people.

Testing for variants of concern will continue and the Division will continue to provide updates once variants are detected in Tobago.


There is a new process for the selection of the Police Commissioner.

The Government has revoked the controversial June 2021 Commissioner of Police (Selection Process) Order, as well as the 2009 Order, and has replaced them with a new revised Order, titled Legal Notice 277 of November 25, 2021 Commissioner of Police and Deputy Commissioner of Police (Selection Process) Order.

A PRISON officer with 26 years of service was shot dead yesterday in front of his fruit and vegetable stall in Valencia.

He is the 26th prison officer to be murdered in the last 30 years.

Police said around 1.30 p.m. Trevor Serrette, 48, of Sangre Grande was sitting behind the counter at the stall located off the Eastern Main Road, Valencia. He was there with a 64-year-old relative and a friend when a white Nissan AD Wagon with two men stopped in front.

With four days still to go, November 2021 is now officially the deadliest month of the Covid-19 pandemic in Trinidad and Tobago.

Another 21 deaths were reported by the Ministry of Health yesterday, which pushed the death toll this month to 365, surpassing June’s total of 352.

Although stores did not see the usual crowds of people rushing to capitalise on Black Friday sales as was the custom pre-pandemic, Covid-19 did not stop many Trinis from capitalising on the sales yesterday.

Stores such as PriceSmart, Courts, Ashley Furniture Homestore, Massy Stores, TruValu and Detour all participated in the Black Friday tradition of having a huge one-day sale after Thanksgiving in the US.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s address to the nation on Thursday night has been met with mixed reactions across social media.

Many commenters said they tuned in to the 45-minute address eagerly anticipating the announcement of new measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 amidst rising cases and deaths, but were left baffled as they said the PM only repeated statistics and encouraged people to get vaccinated.

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