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National Security Minister Stuart Young says there are currently 250 nationals onboard cruise ships who want to return home.

Speaking at the COVID-19 news conference this morning, Minister Young said this will not be entertained as the government is not willing to budge on its decision to close the borders.

He said he has been informed that all the citizens are in their individual rooms and are being fed properly.

He said, “Right now Trinidad and Tobago cannot take the surge from cruise ships.”

He also sent a warning to nationals who are attempting to use CARICOM countries with open borders as an avenue to “jump” into this country.

In fact, he said Minister of Foreign and Caricom Affairs Dennis Moses has written to one such country informing them of this country’s decision and advised it not to be used by people trying to get in Trinidad and Tobago.

The minister also announced that Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has approved care packages be sent to nationals of this country who are on various campuses.

He said this will be done through embassies and missions abroad.

The minister said the 33 people who were stranded in Barbados and were allowed to return home yesterday were in a very different category.

He said he is still looking at scores of other requests for exemptions, but maintained that the borders will remain closed.