President Signs SOE Proclamation

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By Prior Beharry

PRESIDENT Paula-Mae Weekes signs the proclamation giving effect to a State of Emergency (SOE) in Trinidad and Tobago.

In Legal Notice No. 141 dated May 15, 2021, the President stated that she was satisfied that a SOE has arisen as a result of the infectious disease Covid-19.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley announced the SOE and a 9pm to 5am curfew at a press conference on Saturday to help curb the coronavirus which has claimed 107 lives for the year and 276 in total in Trinidad and Tobago.

There has also been an upsurge in the positive cases per day with hospital beds in the parallel healthcare system filled.

See below:

A PROCLAMATION WHEREAS it is enacted by:

(a) section 8(1) of the Constitution, that the President may from time to time make a Proclamation declaring that a state of public emergency exists; and

(b) section 8(2)(b) of the Constitution, that a Proclamation made by the President under section 8(1) shall not be effective unless it contains a declaration that the President is satisfied that a public emergency has arisen as a result of the occurrence of any earthquake, hurricane, flood, fire, outbreak of pestilence or of infectious disease, or other calamity whether similar to the foregoing or not:

Now, therefore, I, PAULA-MAE WEEKES, President as aforesaid, in pursuance of the powers conferred upon me by section 8(1) of the Constitution hereby declare that–

(a) I am satisfied that a public emergency has arisen as a result of the outbreak of an infectious disease [2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)]; and

(b) a state of public emergency exists in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

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