Health Ministry updates protocols in light of new COVID-19 strain in the UK

Health Ministry updates protocols in light of new COVID-19 strain in the UK

The Ministry of Health said it has acknowledged the recent developments announced by the Pan-American Health Organization/ World Health Organization relating to a new strain of the COVID-19 virus in the UK.

The Ministry in a release issued this evening said the following updated protocols will now apply to persons coming from the United Kingdom into Trinidad and Tobago (where the time between the date of departure and the date of arrival into Trinidad and Tobago is 14 days or less):

  1. A negative PCR test within 72 hrs prior to travelling (also necessary for all persons entering Trinidad and Tobago at this time).
  2. A mandatory 14-day quarantine period to be spent in a state or state supervised facility.

The Health Ministry said the new protocol deviates from the current quarantine period to be served by persons entering the country from other high-risk countries which presently remains, 7 days in state or state supervised quarantine followed by 7 days home quarantine.

All other protocols as it relates to entry into Trinidad and Tobago remain the same at this time. This is to ensure that continued protection is afforded to the members of the public.

The Ministry is also reminding the population to continue following the public health measures.

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