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National Security Minister, Stuart Young addresses members of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force troops at the Inter-Island Ferry Terminal in Port of Spain, prior to their departure to St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Tuesday.

A contingent of 50 members of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF) left Trinidad and Tobago early on Tuesday for St Vincent and the Grenadines.

The group, comprising personnel from Engineers, infantry/provost, medical and logistics left on board the Galleons Passage at approximately 7am, and will be stationed in St. Vincent and the Grenadines for two weeks, in the first instance, providing humanitarian and relief assistance following the eruption of the La Soufriere Volcano. 

Representatives from the Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross Society, Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), and members of the media were also part of the contingent that departed on the Galleons Passage. 

National Security Minister Stuart Young address the troops before their departure and thanked them for responding to the call to provide assistance to the citizens of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, in their time of need.

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Some of the relief items transported to St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Tuesday aboard the Galleons Passage.

Young told the troops they have the support of the Government and urged them to stay safe in what is now an active danger zone, amid a global pandemic.

He also encouraged them to represent the people of Trinidad and Tobago with professionalism as they execute the required humanitarian and relief efforts consistent with their training, and extended best wishes for a successful mission as well as a safe departure and return journey. 

The TTDF contingent also received support for their mission from Acting Chief of Defence Staff, Brigadier General Dexter Francis, as well as the Commanding Officers of the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment, Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard, Trinidad and Tobago Air Guard, and the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force Reserves. 

In addition, relief items collected by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM), formed part of the humanitarian effort.

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Stuart Young, Minister of National Security, left, speaks with Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF) Assistant Chief Staff Officer Sustainment, Commander Anil Gosine, as he tours the Galleons Passage prior to the TTDF troops’ departure to St Vincent and the Grenadines to provide relief assistance.

Among the items shipped were water, food essentials, toiletries, hygiene materials, cleaning supplies, simple medical supplies and other items requested, for example, water tanks, and buckets.

Three water trucks were provided to transport potable water. 

After docking in St Vincent, the Galleons Passage will be used to nationals of Trinidad and Tobago currently in St Vincent.

Returning nationals are expected to land in Trinidad on Wednesday, and will be quarantined and treated in accordance with the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 protocols. 

The Government of Trinidad and Tobago remains in contact with the authorities in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and will continue to monitor their situation.


Trinidad and Tobago is now at the height of the spike.

That spike, says Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Roshan Parasram, is T&T’s deadliest third wave of Covid-19.

He predicts that it’s going to get worse before it gets better.

Trinidad and Tobago is now under a state of emergency.

A curfew is also in effect, requiring citizens to stay in their homes between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., with exceptions made for essential workers.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley announced the measures yesterday, one day after the business community called for an state of emergency and curfew to be implemented in an effort to bring the Covid-19 case count under control.

The parallel healthcare system is at near capacity, even as hundreds of new Covid-19 cases are being reported daily.

Speaking at a news conference yesterday, Dr Maryam Abdool-Richards, Principal Medical Officer, Institutions, noted that more people are being admitted to hospital daily than those being discharged.

Young people are most hesitant about taking the Covid-19 vaccine, while those aged 65 and older are more likely than any other age group to express interest in getting it.

This is according to data of a 2021 Consumer Economic Study (CES) conducted by Market Facts & Opinions (2000) Ltd (MFO) over the period April 14 to May 3, 2021.

Respondents were asked to indicate their perceptions of the Covid-19 vaccine, and whether they were prepared to be vaccinated.