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Trinidad and Tobago’s Covid-19 death rate will continue to remain high until the infection rate decreases and more people get vaccinated, says Dr Aroon Naraynsingh, medical director of private hospital Medical Associates.

Naraynsingh said critical anti-viral and anti-­inflammatory drugs are also required in the management and care of Covid-19 patients, and credits this to the success of the treatment of patients at Medical Associates’ Chaguanas facility.

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As Trinidad and Tobago recorded its highest Covid-19 death rate of 31 yesterday, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley again appealed to the population to act now and get ­vaccinated.

In his highly anticipated address to the nation last night, which lasted 45 minutes, the Prime Minister warned that the parallel healthcare system is under immense pressure, and the time may come when drastic decisions would have to be taken. “As with any emergency response, as the demand on healthcare resources increases, we may have no choice but to redirect our efforts from providing the highest level of care to a few, to providing the greatest good for the greatest number of persons. This is the reality that we face,” he said.

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The first child in Trinidad and Tobago to die from Covid-19 was a seven-year-old boy who went into cardiac arrest when he was rushed to hospital.

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Acting Director of Personnel Administration (DPA) Corey Harrison has instructed staff of the Police Service Commission (PolSC) Secretariat to not communicate with the new PolSC chaired by Justice Judith Jones.

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Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi has rubbished the conflict of interest claims the Opposition has raised with respect to Police Service Commission (PolSC) members Ian Ramdhanie and Maxine King.

In a telephone interview with the Express yesterday, Al-Rawi criticised the Opposition’s objections raised in the Parliament on Wednesday during debate of the President’s notifications of the five PolSC members.

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National Security Minister Fitzgerald Hinds yesterday praised police for the rescue of kidnapped businessman Kartikay Ramsundar.

In a telephone interview with the Express, Hinds said he was happy that Ramsundar was rescued and reunited with his family. “I am proud of the law enforcement platform that they were able to make a significant breakthrough in this case,” he said.

Hinds said he was confident that police will continue their investigations and get to the root of the kidnapping to ensure there is no such recurrence.

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President of the Chaguanas Chamber of Industry and Commerce (CCIC) Richie Sookhai has warned of a Christmas crime spike as the state of emerge…

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