In case you missed it, here are the Key Points from the Virtual Media Conference held on Thursday 23rd July, 2020

  • Minister of Health, Terrence Deyalsingh confirmed that the latest case of Covid-19 is a child of an employee at the West Mall branch of Republic Bank. The Minister also indicated that after an investigation was conducted, it was determined that there was close contact with 11 Bank employees, all of whom were sent home and await swabbing today. The bank will remain closed while sanitization procedures are underway.
  • Minister Deyalsingh renewed his appeal to the population to mask up, sanitize and to stay at home if they are ill.
  • The Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Roshan Parasram stated all 8 of the Primary Contacts of case #139 have tested negative for Covid-19 and they continue to be monitored for a 14 day quarantine period. This number includes the contact that would have visited Pennywise and the negative result would have allowed for the store to re-open. Contact tracing for both case #139 and #141 continue.
  • Dr. Parasram, when answering a question on if the latest cases could be considered ‘community spread,’ stated that cases are being treated as ‘potentially local cases,’ until proven otherwise.
  • The Chief Medical Officer also confirmed that loss of taste and smell are in fact symptoms of Covid-19 and that it was something the population should look out for.