Persons from Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea and Singapore will be denied entry to T&T for 14 days akin to what currently obtains for persons from China. This was announced by Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh during the post-Cabinet press briefing a short while ago. The Minister gave assurances that the nation was ready to deal with the Coronavirus, should it reach our shores.

Among the plans in place in case of an outbreak, is the addition of 20 beds at the Caura hospital. Deyalsingh said they would also use the St. James Hospital which has 67 beds as well as the old Costaatt building at the Port of Spain hospital in two weeks. Deyalsingh said should there be a serious outbreak on our shores, the Couva Hospital will be used as a centralized hub for treatment for those who may potentially be affected.

Also during the briefing, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley warned of the knock-on effects caused by the virus overseas, as he warned that it could affect trade and the manufacturing industry. The Prime Minister said while there were measures in place to screen foreigners, returning nationals will not be denied entry to our shores.”We cannot deny access to nationals of Trinidad and Tobago if they choose to return to Trinidad and Tobago and we have certain protocols in place,” he said.