The Prime Minister made the announcement, During a press briefing after a special Cabinet meeting on Monday, and said with the exception of nationals of TT and other key personnel, people will be discouraged from coming to TT.
Dr Rowley acknowledged that this decision would have far-reaching consequences for the national airline, Caribbean Airlines, but maintained that this was necessary.
He said the preservation of health and life in Trinidad and Tobago was priority number one.
Trinidad and Tobago has confirmed four positive cases of the coronavirus. This is from the 81 samples were submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing for COVID-19.
The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has the only lab that is certified to test samples for COVID-19 and therefore, it is the only lab that can confirm positive or negative results of the samples, said Dr. Rowley.
Government has instructed all bars to remain closed, as it ramps up efforts to slow the spread COVID-19. “Persons operating bars where people gather to drink and socialise, because our objective to deny the virus, connections from person to person, we are instructing that gatherings beyond 25 be avoided at all costs, except under unavoidable circumstances,” the Prime Minister said.
Rowley went on to admonish private schools not to disregard his instructions last week Friday that all schools are to remain closed this week.
“ I have heard of some private schools who believe they are beyond these guidelines and instructions. And may want to carry out their school programmes. I am here appealing to such persons to join the national effort.”
“This is not about your school and your ability to be better and do better than the rest of us. It is about not having gatherings. It doesn't matter how prominent your school is. The virus does not respect you because your school is your school.
"We don't want gathering because it is in those gatherings that the potential will exist for the virus to leap from one person to another and bring the whole country to a place where we could find ourselves like some other countries right now, where the level of infections is such that it overwhelms the health system and then we know where barley grow,” Rowley said.
The Prime Minister disclosed that schools will reopen on April 20.
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