TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO- As the country recorded an increase in cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), including a record of 31 deaths on Thursday, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley urged citizens to avoid “funerals for Christmas“.
Statistics released by the Ministry of Health show that 2,040 have died, and 68,288 others have been infected with the virus since March last year.
According to Rowley, “Now is not the time to concede defeat” since a new strain of the pandemic has just emerged called B.1.1.529, which experts claim to be the worst they have seen so far, and which experts fear will resist vaccines.
Rowley emphasizes that we must not lower our guard, but instead commit to fighting the scourge with the means available to us, including vaccines and personal responsibility.
We must stand and hold the line today because the virus has pushed back. Having battled the virus 19 months straight, our frontline soldiers buckled under the pressure.
Our resources are depleting as people continue to fall ill, require more hospitalization, and lose their lives to the onslaught of the virus,” he added.
“I want to emphasize that we intend to continue fighting this virus as well as fighting to protect our vital economic activities that maintain livelihoods. As much as possible we will try to prevent devastating restrictions, and we will only resort to such measures as a last resort when all other measures have failed.”
Trinidad and Tobago has received more than 1.9 million vaccines, of which more than 1.28 million have been administered, he said. He noted that WHO-approved vaccines have been made readily available to the population.