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,”