“You are putting the whole country at risk for a moment of leisure”

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“You are putting the whole country at risk for a moment of leisure”

“The country’s safety must be placed ahead of personal pleasure.”

This according to the Secretary of Health, Wellness and Family Development, Assemblyman Tracy Davidson-Celestine.

Tracy Davidson-Celestine said the two persons who were returned to Trinidad on the Galleons Passage did not break quarantine.

They were informed through contact tracing while on their journey to Tobago that they were at risk, having attended a wedding.

Davidson-Celestine in a release issued last evening said the ship’s captain, police and medical services sprang into action immediately to isolate and return the persons to Trinidad on the Galleon’s Passage, where they were the only passengers.

She said “all Tobago COVID-19 systems are in place and are a go, but the public support is critical to the process.”

“Tobago has a solid muti-sector approach for this Easter holidays to accommodate the massive flow of Trinidadian visitors to these shores.”

“We have built out a robust network, with medical, transportation and protective services. But all our services can come to nought if individuals don’t adhere to washing hands, watching your distance and wearing a mask,” the Secretary reiterated.

The public is the most critical element in any success in the fight against COVID.  The public is being urged to stay away from functions, parties and gatherings with people from multiple households.

“You are putting the whole country at risk for a moment of socialisation and leisure,” Davidson-Celestine said.

Dr Tiffany Hoyte, Tobago County Medical Officer (Ag) says all systems and procedures were effected once the risk was identified.

She added: “The Port Authority personnel and the TTPS were able to quickly verify information and track other information to help resolve the situation and to facilitate the quick return of persons to Trinidad.”

There are currently 12 actives cases in Tobago.