Nationals in Suriname being allowed home

Story by CHESTER SAMBRANO

Stuart Young MP, Minister of National Security

The borders will be temporarily opened once again to allow at least 32 Trinidad and Tobago nationals to return home.

At least one member of the 32, Ashmeed Syne, had applied through his attorney, Umesh Maharaj, for an exemption to be granted.

Speaking at the COVID-19 news conference this morning, National Security Minister Stuart Young said he has granted the permissions to the nationals, “on their own accord”, to enter the country.

He said the people who are being allowed in are not part of one group but are spread across Suriname.

He said upon their return, they will be subjected to the assessment of local medical professionals and quarantined for the mandatory 14 days.

Minister Young also addressed the issue of private jets that entered this country over this past weekend.

He said the five chartered jets arrived to pick up non-nationals who are employed in the offshore oil and gas industry.

He said no-one was allowed to disembark from the aircraft that arrived to take the workers home.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley announced an extension in the closure of the borders to May 15th, 2020.