Jack Warner

Former Independent Liberal Party leader Jack Warner is in good spirits and is on the mend at hospital where he’s being treated for COVID-19.

This was confirmed by his communications team yesterday.

This after Warner, 77, was warded within the public health care system for treatment on Tuesday after testing positive for the virus.

Warner had taken a COVID test last Monday which proved negative. His family and driver, who were also tested, were negative as well. But he subsequently began feeling unwell last weekend and took another test at a private medical institute in Port-of-Spain earlier this week which proved positive. Warner was hospitalised on Tuesday for treatment, reportedly at the Couva Hospital.

A post on Warner’s Facebook page yesterday stated, “The reports are true. Mr Warner has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in fact being treated. He wishes to advise all, that he is alive and in good spirits, as always.”

His communication team subsequently told the T&T Guardian that Warner was doing better, is walking around and requesting food and “… He’s on the mend – recovering.”

Warner is one of T&T’s current 1,213 active COVID cases. There were 21 latest cases as of yesterday. There have been 28 deaths so far. There are 73 patients at the Couva Hospital.

Warner, a former Works and Transport Minister in the People’s Partnership government, is the second politician to have contracted the virus. The first was former United National Congress MP Dr Tim Gopeesingh, who was hospitalised recently. Gopeesingh said last week he was on the mend. UNC PRO Anita Haynes said yesterday that Gopeesingh was discharged from hospital and is now at his home.