State quarantine time to be increased for persons arriving from countries with new strain of Covid

State quarantine time to be increased for persons arriving from countries with new strain of Covid

Chief Medical Officer, Roshan Parasram has revealed that discussions will be held on increasing the length of state quarantine for persons arriving in T&T from countries affected by the new, more infectious strain of coronavirus.

Dr Parasram, speaking to a Joint Select Committee of Parliament today, noted that the strain is approximately 50% more transmissible.

He also noted that the strain is now being found in several more countries following its discovery in England, even in the caribbean island of Jamaica.

TT has already revised the arrival conditions for persons coming from the UK. Instead of the seven days state quarantine and seven days at home, they have to spend the full 14 days in state quarantine.

Dr Parasram said now that over 30 countries have now recorded this new strain, there will now have to be a revision for other countries as well and this matter will be raised with the Prime Minister in the coming days.

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