• 25 APR 2020

Prime Minister’s Media Conference – Saturday 25th April 2020

Here are the highlights from today’s media conference.

The Stay at Home Order has been extended to May 15th, 2020.

Prime Minister Dr the Hon. Keith Rowley said the extension has become necessary to allow health officials to expand testing. Dr Rowley said based on the results from the increased surveillance tests, an announcement will be made by May 10th, 2020 to determine whether Trinidad and Tobago is in a position to relax restrictions.

From Monday 27th April, there will be an increase in COVID-19 testing, with up to 50 Surveillance Tests per day. Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Roshan Parasram confirmed that the increased testing capacity is necessary to determine whether there is COVID-19 community spread in Trinidad and Tobago. The Ministry of Health is expected to complete up to 700 tests.

Trinidad and Tobago’s borders will remain closed until May 15. Schools are also to remain closed during this period.

Dr Rowley has urged members of the public to stay at home, continue with good hygiene, and practice physical distancing.

The updated regulations will relax the current restriction on hardware stores which will now be allowed to open for half-day from Monday to Saturday.

Financial support and care packages will be sent to UWI Students on campuses where the Government has liabilities and responsibilities.

An appeal has been made to landlords, particularly those who have tenants who have lost their jobs or had their income reduced to have a heart and be lenient during this time. Prime Minister Rowley reminded landlords that under the laws of Trinidad and Tobago one month’s notice is required to evict a tenant.

Prime Minister Rowley said the relationship between Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados continues to be as good as it has ever been and both countries remain close. Dr Rowley says a difference of opinion on a matter is not a fallout.