Rowley and Khan

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, left, address issues raised by a Palo Seco resident during the conversations with the prime minister at the Palo Seco Government Primary School. Looking on at right is Minister of Energy Franklin Khan. 

Prime Minister Dr the Hon Keith Rowley extends his deepest condolences to the family of Senator the Hon Franklin Khan.

Minister Khan served in the Cabinet as Minister of Energy and Energy Industries.

The Prime Minister is extremely saddened by the passing of his colleague and friend who will be remembered as a man who dedicated his life to public service.

Dr Rowley mourns the loss of a patriot and son of the soil.

May God bring comfort and strength to his loved ones.

Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima

ENERGY TALKS: Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, from left, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons, Republic of Equatorial Guinea, chats with Energy Minister and president of the Ministerial Meeting of the GECF Franklin Khan and Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley at the Gas Exporting Countries Forum at the Hyatt Regyency (Trinidad) in Port of Spain. —Photo: CURTIS CHASE

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The Ministry of Health reported nine new deaths yesterday, taking the death toll from the virus to 224. It is the highest death toll in one day since the start of the pandemic in 2020.

The ministry said the latest deaths were three elderly males, three elderly females and one middle-age male, all with co-morbidities; in addition to one middle-age male and one middle-age female without co-morbidities.

Senators are double masking.

As the Senate met yesterday, senators were wearing two masks, a white N95 mask and over it, the black cloth mask.

Senate President Christine Kangaloo, at the start of the procedure, announced the “updated” safety measures specifically in the Chamber and in keeping with World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines. “Members wishing to double mask and members wishing to wear a face shield in addition to their mask will be permitted to do so,” she said.

TERRIFIED they may be Covid-19 positive, symptomatic people have been flocking to health centres as health officials rush to make room in treatment and step-down facilities around the country.

Several people who had Covid-19 symptoms had to wait almost all of Monday night under a tent at the health centre in Chaguanas.

Belizean Dr Carla Natalie Barnett has been appointed the Eighth Caricom Secretary-General.

Prime Minister and Caricom chairman Dr Keith Rowley made the announcement in a statement issued by the Caricom Secretariat in Guyana yesterday following a Caricom Heads of Government meeting.

Trinidad and Tobago can achieve herd immunity in six to seven months, subject to two important caveats, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh stated yesterday.

Deyalsingh was responding to an urgent question in the Senate from UNC Senator Wade Mark on the timeframe for attaining Covid herd immunity.

Deyalsingh said there must be public confidence in the vaccines, and the UNC ought to stop undermining the Government’s vaccination plan.