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Trinidad and Tobago’s Covid-19 count continues to rise, as four additional cases were confirmed yesterday.

This takes the number of confirmed cases to 173.

The Ministry of Health gave the information in its morning update. None of the new cases has been classified as imported or a contact of a recently confirmed case.

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Sexual slavery is rampant in Trinidad and Tobago, ­according to President Paula-Mae Weekes.

As T&T observes Emanci­pation Day today, the day marking the abolition of slavery, President Weekes, in her message, noted this country has a high demand for sex and prostitution, leading to the exploitation of Venezuelan women. “It is shameful, given the legacy of African enslavement, that reports of modern-day slavery are rampant in our nation,” Weekes said.

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AN 11-year-old pupil of the Maraval Roman Catholic School, who tested positive for Covid-19, has potentially exposed around 300 people to the virus.

This is according to Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram, who yesterday said contact tracing efforts are ongoing to identify people who may have come into contact with the pupil.

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National Security Minister Stuart Young has warned locals that if they harbour or facilitate the entry of illegal immigrants into T&T they would be arrested and charged.

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If election observers do not arrive in Trinidad and Tobago today, there would be no observers for the August 10 general election.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said on Friday night that Commonwealth observers will not be coming, but the possibility still exists for Caricom observers to be present.

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Thirty years after spearheading a bloody attempt to overthrow the government, the country is yet to get an unequivocal apology from Jamaat-al-Muslimeen leader Imam Yasin Abu Bakr.

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Health Minister Terrence Deyal­singh’s daughter and son-in-law have been infected with Covid-19.

Deyalsingh revealed yesterday that the couple, who live in the United Kingdom, both contracted ­Covid-19 some time ago. He shared the news via his Twitter page.

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