Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has appealed to people in South Trinidad to take all precautions against COVID-19, saying they are not immune to the virus.
“I appeal to people, COVID is no respecter of political persuasion and if it gets the better of us in T&T it will deal with all of us,” Rowley said at last night’s PNM San Fernando West meeting.
Thanking public officers and health workers he said the job isn’t over and T&T is still exposed to grave danger.
He noted the most recent COVID cases and further revealed four more yesterday – one for which the location wasn’t yet identified.
“We’re still in danger,” he added.
But Rowley said he was in South Trinidad yesterday and was amazed to see very few people in South wearing masks. He said he also saw people campaigning without masks. Rowley said the UNC’s Dr Fuad Khan even led a crowd in one place saying there was no COVID and Government was trying to oppress the people.
He said Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar was never seen with her mask on and if she’d worn one it would have sent a message that this was what people needed to do to protect themselves.
“I call on her to stop undermining the advice Government is giving to the people,” he said.
Persad-Bissessar wore a mask during campaigning in the Moruga/Tableland constituency yesterday.
Rowley also slammed Persad-Bissessar’s comments regarding “slavery” concerning the border closure.
He said Persad- Bissessar had called him an “Oreo” and people had stayed silent.
He said if he’d said the same of an Indian prime minister, the entire country would have condemned him.
He said he knew of no country which had been condemned for “slavery” for closing its borders to protect its people against the virus.
Rowley warned that if the UNC won and they opened the borders, all in T&T will be in “deep do-do” once the science of the COVID virus was dismissed.
He also warned voters against the UNC’s plan to “play fast and loose” and tap into the cash reserves of the Unit Trust Corporation (UTC) and National Insurance Board (NIB) if they entered Government.
On election observers, he said he was uncertain what Caricom would come up. If Caricom succeded, Government would try to accommodate them but he said nobody will be “running around T&T” from outside. You are my responsibility and I’ll protect you.”