Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak locally, there have been several reports of errant citizens disregarding quarantine orders. And while the idea of electronically tracking those ordered into quarantine was floated in the past, the option is still on the table according to the Minister of Health, Terrence Deyalsingh.
He said the ministry is observing its implementation in other Caribbean territories before making a definitive policy.
Referring to a conversation he had with the Ministers of Health in Jamaica and Grenada, Deyalsingh said: “They have recently started it in a limited way. We are monitoring how it is going there and the final decision to do that is a decision we’d have to make between the Ministry of Health, the Attorney General and the Minister of National Security.”
He said the ministry also asked for a report on its implementation in the Cayman Islands which also recently employed the tactic.
“We will see how the results are and to see how applicable it is in Trinidad and Tobago,” he said.
The last time the idea was floated, Deyalsingh noted that while it is being actively considered by the ministry, there are constitutional limitations to how it could be implemented.
“That (the tracking) would have to be at the discretion of the person. It is not mandatory because of our constitution and our right to privacy,” he explained again yesterday.