Where did the Brazilian COVID-19 variant come from?: Moonilal

Oropouche East MP Roodal Moonilal exhort the ruling party of T&T and raised the question- 'Where did the Brazilian COVID-19 variant come from?' as T&T’s south-western border has been porous for years

Trinidad and Tobago: Oropouche East MP Roodal Moonilal exhort the ruling party of T&T and raised the question- ‘Where did the Brazilian COVID-19 variant come from?’ as T&T’s south-western border has been porous for years.

During the press conference at the Opposition Leader’s office in Port of Spain, Roodlal expressed worry over the COVID-19 vaccination and pointed out that information received reveal that only 30,800 civilians had received the first jab of the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, which represent to a bare 4.5 per cent of the 700,000 adult population of Trinidad and Tobago.

Moonilal thinks that “When we will achieve herd immunity, effects on the economy will be far greater the longer we take to immunize citizens.”

Following the statement, Moonilal added that “This is a worse position to be in now. The only way the world can beat this pandemic is by mass vaccination. It is not sustainable that the human population would continue to wear masks, maintain social distance and wash hands,”

Moonilal further criticized the government and pointed out that “The Government had no plans, purpose or policy to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. Healthcare providers are unsure when the rest of the vaccines will arrive.”

He even said that these are serious issues, and the ruling party is still not being transparent.

He further focused on the cases and declared “The first local case of the highly transmissible Brazil variant was detected by the Health Ministry, on Monday. It was picked up in a sample taken from a patient in the Nariva/Mayaro country which was sent to the University of the West Indies for genetic sequencing.”

Adding to this he said, “After four days, the ministry requested the citizens to be extra careful, as three other patients had been also tested positive for the Brazilian variant. Of the three additional cases, two were nationals and the ministry further added that the cases are neither geographically or epidemiologically linked to the previous P1 variant case or to each other.”

“This the multi-zillion pesos question that we want to ask. Nobody’s asking the question, and nobody’s answering the question. Should we ask David Rudder? or Maybe it came from the Bahia girl in Moruga, as the song said many years ago,” pointed out Moonilal.

Moonilal even said that the government is not confronting the issue and the National Security Minister must focus on the overall border security plan to protect our shores and civilians.

Moonilal drew everybody’s attention to the boatload of Venezuelan migrants who are feared dead after the vessel capsized in which they were travelling to T&T on Thursday, sinking more than 25 people into the sea. Till now, three bodies have been retrieved, but the remaining 22 passengers are feared to have drowned in the sea.

Moonilal further pointed out the problem of illegal migrants and stated, “We cannot ignore the fact that groups of illegal migrants are hiding into the country.”

“There is a more risk that migrants can come in with the COVID-19 virus.  The risk is higher, and therefore the fear is higher. When we asked the ruling party to tell us that from where the Brazilian variant is coming from? despite the fact that they have at their disposal the national security apparatus, they have the Ministry of Health surveillance units that can check when the person is positive, from where the person came, on what day and what were the connections of the person and the tracings and so on.”

Moonilal further denoted the virus as a “ticking bomb”, who’s waiting to explode.