NO new Covid-19 protocols will be put in place despite the fast spreading UK variant B117 being discovered in Trinidad and Tobago.
This according to Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh at a virtual presser called on Friday to discuss the latest on Covid-19 in the country.
Deyalsingh urged the country to remain vigilant to continue to wear masks, social distance and avoid gatherings.
He said, “It’s a good thing we had our policies in place because this variant – this index case, this one case has been successfully contained.”
Deyalsingh said, “At this point in time, it is not the intention of the Ministry of Health to recommend any restrictions – further restrictions. That is counter-productive.”
Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram said the new variant was found in a sample of a person who had left the United Kingdom on January 6 and went to Barbados before coming to T&T.
He said the person stayed alone at Paria Suites in San Fernando and was found to be positive after a test on day six.
The CMO said the patient has been transferred to the Couva Hospital and Multi-Training Facility.
Parasram said the other 48 passengers on the flight were all quarantined.
He said, “All of them would have already spent their 14-day period in those facilities and of course, the ones who would have gone home would have had a day-six negative before they were discharged.”