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Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh

As this country battles the coronavirus, bandits are now capitalising on the pandemic to carry out their criminal enterprise.

The warning came from the Ministry of Health yesterday as it confirmed two additional cases of COVID-19 which brought this country’s total to nine.

Those newest cases, the ministry said are unrelated but, both persons have recent travel histories.

As for those people who are currently in self-quarantine, the ministry said it is working closely with the police service to ensure they comply with these instructions.

The ministry, in a statement, noted the separation of persons who may have contracted the disease, from the rest of the population, is a fundamental aspect of the infection control protocols that are being implemented to prevent community spread of the disease.

But that is not the only problem plaguing the ministry.

It said it has been made aware of reports of criminals masquerading as public health workers and requesting access to homes to spray houses as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 disease.

The ministry has advised the public that all public health members of staff are required to have photo identification badges clearly displayed on their persons at all times.

It said if the individual refuses to display their identification or present it upon request, immediately terminate further contact, lock your doors and call the T&T Police Service (TTPS) using the 999 emergency number.