Epidemiologist Dr Avery Hinds has assured that there should not be any alarm over infections related to the Prime Minister’s case.
Speaking during Saturday’s Ministry of Health media briefing, Dr Hinds said “The people who would have been in contact with him (Dr Keith Rowley) at the press conference on March 27, or in Parliament, would fall long before the onset of symptoms.
The issue of contact tracing has been raised in public after Dr Rowley tested positive on April 6. He remains quarantined at the PM’s official residence in Blenheim, Tobago.
Hinds said anyone who was in contact with the Prime Minister two weeks before he got Covid19 were safe from getting the virus.
He said “The queries that have come about for contact tracing around that period really doesn’t apply. Contact tracing is done two days back from the date the person was tested positive for the virus.”
“Contract tracing has been carried out and all relevant individuals who would have been in relevant contact would have been placed into quarantine and testing would have been done.”
Hinds said the method of contact tracing was done in keeping with the World Health Organization’s guidelines, which was last updated on February 21.
On Friday, Opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar and her MPs boycotted the sitting of the House of Representatives over fears of a spread of the covid19 virus within the Parliament.