Candlelight vigils, prayer vigils and the United National Congress (UNC) are being blamed for the current spike in COVID-19 cases.
A number of vigils would have been held throughout the country in February, following the death of Andrea Bharatt and Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is of the view that these events contributed to our current situation.
Rowley made the statement in Parliament yesterday, during debate on the Motion on Matters pertaining to the State of Emergency.
Opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar pointed fingers at the PM, saying he was responsible for the surge in cases, because he invited people to go to Tobago for the Easter weekend.
However, Rowley said the Opposition was to blame, for “organising” vigils in the middle of a pandemic.
This led to a brief shouting match with Opposition member Saddam Hosein said that the vigils were the family members of the victims of crime.
Rowley stated TT was only country, in the Caribbean, “where in the middle of a pandemic, the Opposition organise gatherings of people called vigils. Thousands of people for a month trying to exploit the death of Andrea Bharatt and you asking me how we got here.”
He said night after night the Opposition paid for vigils that brought people together during a pandemic.