Two statements constantly used to describe nationals from Trinidad and Tobago – One “God is a Trini” and two “You can find a Trini anywhere in the world”.
This is factual as IzzSo Media spoke with a T&T national all the way in Vietnam – who broke down his firsthand experience with life in Vietnam during a pandemic.
While speaking very calmly over the phone, especially when the world has been halted by an ‘invisible monster’, Freelance Journalist Based in South East Asia, Clydeen McDonald chuckles while re-living his experience of venturing outside and the restrictions laid in Vietnam.
“Vietnam was one of the first nations to ban flights to and from mainland China and in early February, when it had barely more than a dozen cases, villages with 10,000 people close to the nation’s capital were placed under quarantine.”
McDonald during the interview with IzzSo Media said that with the onset of the country’s first case in January 2020, government officials kicked into high gear and restricted visa and non-visa travel to and from China, then all of Asia and Europe.
Vietnam eased social distancing measures on Thursday 23rd April, with experts pointing to a decisive response involving mass quarantines and expansive contact tracing for the apparent success in containing the Coronavirus.
Despite a long and porous border with China, the Southeast Asian nation has recorded just 268 virus cases and zero deaths, according to official tallies.
McDonald said that information coming from China is very limited and relied on information from outside sources. He commends the T&T Government for the measures implemented with the report of the first case, and advised citizens to be more patient with the country’s ‘stay at home measure’.
When asked if he has been in contact with other T&T nationals, McDonald said he is constant communication with nationals in China, T&T and other parts of Vietnam, to keep abreast with what’s current.
He gave insight into how citizens commute in Vietnam – McDonald said the most interesting experience he’s had during this time would be the bicycle ride to and from several destinations in Vietnam.
He said approximately five persons at a time would ride on a motorbike.