T&T citizens stocking up on surgical masks

The Novel Coronavirus has killed over 600 people globally with 38,000 confirmed cases of infection, most being in and from Wuhan China the epicenter of the outbreak.

The Ministry of Health has indicated that Trinidad and Tobago’s is in the low risk category for the disease and the Ministry is taking all the necessary precautions at all ports of entry. In spite of this Trinidadians and Tobagonians who are thousands of miles away from the virus’ epi­cen­tre have be­gun to pur­chase sur­gi­cal masks in droves in an­tic­i­pa­tion of it reach­ing our shores.

This past Wednes­day dur­ing a Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Ap­pro­pri­a­tion Com­mit­tee at Ca­bil­do Cham­bers, Port-of-Spain the Min­istry of Health’s Chief Med­ical Of­fi­cer (CMO) Dr Roshan Paras­ram in­di­cat­ed that there was no need for cit­i­zens to pur­chase these masks at this time. Dr Parasram said at the Committee meeting: “We don’t rec­om­mend to the pop­u­la­tion at this time to be wear­ing any masks be­cause we have no sus­pect­ed or con­firmed cas­es,”