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Minister of Community Development Camille Robinson-Regis during yesterday’s COVID-19 press conference at the Diplomatic Centre in St. Ann’s.

The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services yesterday advised that it continues to work to implement the recently announced social support measures to bring relief to those persons adversely affected by the socioeconomic impacts of the COVID 19 pandemic.

During a news conference yesterday, Minister Camille Robinson-Regis, Minister of Social Development and Family Services gave an update on some of the measures to be implemented:

-All members of Parliament to be given 50 food cards for distribution in their constituency

-Parents of children who attend schools who depend on the school feeding programme will be supplied with food cards

-existing food cardholders will receive three months payments by April 15

-street dwellers will receive assistance through various NGOs who usually supply support to them

-T&TEC to defer disconnections to 87 % of residential customers who are in arrears and due for disconnection

-4,000 testing kits are due to arrive from China next week

– 100 personnel to do contact tracing

– An increase in the number of doctors at the Couva Hospital which is a quarantine facility.