Prime Minister Keith Rowley held a Press Conference at 2pm this afternoon (Monday 3rd May 2021) to update the public on the latest decisions made by Government with respect to COVID-19 restrictions in Trinidad and Tobago.
Below are the key points discussed today, courtesy of TTT Live Online:
- Prime Minister Keith Rowley announced from Midnight tonight:
- Essential services, such as groceries, pharmacies, financial services, transportation, farming and hardware stores will remain open. However, restrictions in operating hours will apply (6am to 8pm where applicable).
- The manufacturing sector remains open at this time.
- The social support system will continue (Senior Citizens Grant, etc).
- $5 Million will be allocated for food support (boxes, etc) for this month.
- $10 Million will be provided to religious groups to dispense to the needy in their communities this month.
- The Prime Minister announced these changes after meeting with senior Health Officials. He acknowledged there will be "losses to the quality of life" due to these new restrictions but he assured that "all has not fallen down" as the Government has gone beyond what many others around the World have done in providing support to its citizens.
- The Prime Minister is optimistic that these new changes will be reflected in lower COVID-19 numbers at the end of the month.
- Earlier, Epidemiologist Dr. Avery Hinds, warned that T&T is on track to have more than 10,000 active COVID-19 cases by 22nd May 2021. This means that Hospital capacity will be maximised shortly. Dr. Hinds noted from the data that more women are contracting COVID-19 and there is an increasing number of deaths in the younger age groups (40s, 50s, and 60s).
- Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Roshan Parasram, said the P1 (Brazil) variant has a role to play in the high number of COVID cases since there is “quicker spread” and it is “hitting harder.” He noted that younger people without co-morbidities who contract this strain are dying (one person in their 30s, some in 40s).
- Principal Medical Officer, Dr. Maryam Abdool-Richards, confirmed that the parallel healthcare system has 260 COVID-19 patients, and again noted that the number of persons being admitted to Hospitals for COVID-19 far exceeds those being discharged. She said T&T is at a "tipping point" in terms of Hospital occupancy and urged citizens to follow the health protocols as limited Hospital resources are being expended and this could compromise the quality of healthcare in other areas.
- Minister of Health, Terrence Deyalsingh, warned that there are only ten (10) days left before the parallel healthcare system becomes overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients. He said no one with COVID-19 will be housed in the traditional Hospital system.
If you missed the Press Conference, you can watch it below in its entirety.
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[Source: TTT Live Online]
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