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President Paula-Mae Weeks and President’s awardee Abdullah Hassim, who died from COVID-19 on June 5

President Paula-Mae Weeks is mourning the death of Abdullah Hassim, who died from COVID on June 5.

A statement issued yesterday from the Office of the President said, “the President notes with great sadness the passing of President’s Medal Silver recipient Abdullah Hassim.”

The statement added, “Every death is significant but the passing of one so young is especially heart-rendering. That Mr Hassim at such a young age had already achieved significant recognition for his dedication and service is testament to the bright future that awaited him.”

Hassim, 20, according to an interview his relatives conducted with Guardian Media, arrived home from work on June 5 and several hours later fell ill and died suddenly.

His parents originally thought he died from a heart attack but tests revealed it was COVID-19 that claimed his life.

He was laid to rest on June 9 but his parents, who were quarantined, could not attend to say their final goodbyes.

Hassim was the recipient of a silver President’s Medal by President Paula-Mae Weekes in January 2020 for his humanitarian work in the Scouts Association of Trinidad and Tobago.

According to the Office of the President, Her Excellency has extended her personal condolences to his parents, immediate family and his extended family among the President’s Awards programme.

Meanwhile, the country recorded 14 more COVID deaths yesterday now bringing the toll to 670.

According to the Ministry of Health 301 positive cases were also recorded Sunday.

The number of active cases has gone down to 9,249.