Kamla urges T&T citizens to get tested for COVID-19

The leader of the opposition- UNC- Kamla Persad Bissesar has urged the people of Trinidad and Tobago to get themselves and their families tested for the COVID-19 virus if they see any symptom.

Trinidad and Tobago: The leader of the opposition- UNC- Kamla Persad Bissesar has urged the people of Trinidad and Tobago to get themselves and their families tested for the COVID-19 virus if they see any symptom.

The leader stated, “From day one of the COVID-19 crisis, I have stated that more testing is needed to be done to get a full and true picture of the crisis we face. Sadly, since the beginning, when it really mattered, the Government never made COVID-19 testing a priority.”

“I continue to implore the government to make COVID-19 testing widespread and easily accessible to members of the public. I am encouraging citizens to get tested if you have symptoms, so as to prevent the spread of the virus,” she added.

Following the statement, she cited, “With regard to calls for a 24-hour curfew, I wish to state my opposition to this, as it will hinder the ability of citizens to get tested and seek medical help. In addition, it may cause citizens to panic and create chaos as seen with the over 300 thousand applications for curfew passes.”

519 COVID-19 cases and 19 deaths were recorded in Trinidad and Tobago on 19 May 2021. As of now, there have been a total of 17,669 active COVID-19 cases in Trinidad and Tobago out of which a total of 10,689 individuals have been recovered from the deadly mutant. The island so far has recorded 331 deaths due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The country has received 100,000 doses of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine from the government of China. The doses arrived at T&T on 19 May 2021. The health minister – Terrance Deyalasingh himself was present to receive the vaccines.

PM Rowley thanked the government of China for the donation of the COVID-19 vaccine to Trinidad and Tobago.