Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has announced that as of midnight Saturday night, the country will be under a State of Emergency and that a curfew will be implemented from 9 pm to 5 am.

He made the announcement at a news conference in Port-of-Spain today as the country continues to grapple with high numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths.

Essential services will remain exempted but that list will be revised and distributed by the government Saturday evening.