Trinidad and Tobago hints at re-opening borders on May 15

PM of Trinidad and Tobago Dr Keith Rowley.

The Trinidad and Tobago Government extended its public health regulations, which includes the stay at home policy, to May 10 as it continues its efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, told a news conference Saturday that his administration was also looking at the possibility of opening up the borders on May 15. He said that would also be dependent on the recommendations of the local scientific community.

“We need a few more days of holding the fort… most of what we have experienced with this virus coming into our population, the vast majority came from persons who came into us from the outside so…it is imperative that we do not pollute that sampling of our population and the infection of new population cohorts by persons coming into Trinidad and Tobago, ” Rowley said.

He added: “There are serious consequences to that but the greater consequence is to re-infect us and go back to square one where we were two months ago. If we hold the course, we are likely, I can’t promise you anything, I am not seeing anything, I am not influencing it, [but] I am simply saying if the outcome continues on the same trajectory, the curve that we are on now, by the ….15th of May, Trinidad and Tobago should be in a good position to look at a lot of what we have shut down.”

Health officials said Saturday that the country had recorded 115 positive cases with eight deaths from 1051 samples tested by the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).