PM Rowley defends government’s decision to implement state of emergency

The Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley defended his decision to implement a state of emergency and cited that it was necessary to reduce movement and congregate that could trigger a third wave of the COVID-19 mutant.

Trinidad and Tobago: The Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley defended his decision to implement a state of emergency and cited that it was necessary to reduce movement and congregate that could trigger a third wave of the COVID-19 mutant.

Following the statement, he added that “This approach is the most prudent in anticipation of the possibility and likelihood of facing a possible Delta virus challenge.” 

The Prime Minister added that the curfew would also serve to suppress the anticipated “freedom partying”, further stated, “That is sure to follow any removal of the restrictions.” 

Dr Rowley also said that the extension coupled with the continued vaccination drive would give “us the best chance to support and sustain the gains we have made so far”. 

Dr Rowley stated that the purpose of the state of emergency was to get more children vaccinated, so that they can get back to school once the government hold or improve the infection levels and rate of infection. 

He said that the population, if not properly guided, could exhale and relax too quickly with one unwanted outcome.

The Prime Minister then asserted, “That is a return to a full lockdown in an inevitable third wave,” he said, adding that some countries are currently tottering under a fourth wave and stated, “We must avoid that.” 

In addition, as per the report, there are 5,340 total active cases in the nation. In comparison, a total of 36,468 individuals have been recovered from the contagious COVID-19 virus. 

So far, as of 22 August 2021, in Trinidad and Tobago, a total of 483,269 individuals have received their first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, whereas, in total, 367,691 individuals have welcomed their second jab of the COVID-19 vaccine and now are fully vaccinated against the deadly COVID-19. 

While for any further information and updates regarding the COVID-19 vaccination, the residents can visit at –  https://health.gov.tt/covid-19/covid-19-vaccine