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Faith John, left, gives Akeeme Sabazan an elbow bounce as the sign of peace during the Trinidad and Tobago Cadet Force 110th Anniversary Procession of Colours at the St Paul’s Anglican Church Harris Promenade San Fernando, yesterday.

Even as the global number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 surpassed 100,000 this weekend, Major Rodney Brown of the T&T Cadet Force believes there is no need for panic.

Speaking at the T&T Cadet Force (TTCF) procession of colours held at the St Paul’s Anglican Church on Sunday, Brown said while it was necessary to take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus, citizens should not see it as the biggest problem facing humanity.

“Let us take urgent steps and all the necessary precautions. Let us have an action plan but there is no need for the over hype and worldwide panic,” Brown said.

He added, “Yes, over 100,000 people have been infected by the virus and 3,000 have died mainly people over 60 with a pre-existing condition.”

Saying the likelihood of a healthy person dying from the virus was under one per cent, Brown said this was about the same chance one had of winning the lottery.

Brown also said anyone who was sick should stay out of the workplace.

“I don’t think anyone will deny you leave if you are sick, especially around this time so if you are sick avoid contact with people,” he added.

Brown also said that the COVID-19 was not the greatest affliction of mankind.

“Worry about corona if you will but I am here to tell you that you have a lot more to worry about in the future and this is because of sin. That is the deadliest threat facing all of humanity,” Brown added.

He again warned citizens to wash their hands often, use alcohol-based sanitizers, cover their mouths and noses when sneezing, avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, keep away from people who cough and sneeze and stay away from the public if they get any flu-like symptoms.

He also urged cadets to be wary of sexual promiscuity. Saying sexual misconduct was prevalent in schools, Brown said it was now creeping into the Cadet Force.

He called on the cadets to stay away from fornication and any type of sexual misconduct.