Key Points from the Ministry of Health’s Virtual Media Conference on COVID-19: Saturday 26th September 2020

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  • Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley announced that there will be no new legislative changes to manage COVID-19 in T&T. The Public Health Measures already in place will remain until October 11th.
  • The Prime Minister stated that if Trinidad and Tobago can get down to 20 infections a day, the country may be able to participate with other islands in the CARICOM Travel Bubble. This will also assist with repatriating Nationals in Grenada and other islands.
  • According to Dr. Michelle Trotman there is a downward trend in COVID-19 infections in T&T. The Thoracic Medical Director at Caura Hospital, said if there is a 100 per cent compliance from the public in terms of sanitising, physical distancing and mask wearing, the COVID-19 numbers will go down, and stay down. Dr.Trotman said wearing a face mask is now part of who we are, and people are asked to encourage others to wear their masks.
  • Dr. Trotman reminded citizens that the flu season will soon be upon us and wearing a face mask will not only protect citizens, but also help medical health professionals. She encouraged citizens to get the flu vaccine.
  • Chief Medical Officer Dr. Roshan Parasram urged persons with flu-like symptoms to stay at home and contact the nearest health facility for testing if their condition worsens and falls in line with COVID-19 symptoms. The difference between COVID-19 and influenza is that there is a flu vaccine.
  • Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said the flu vaccine is an annual shot. Flu season runs from October to May each year.
  • Prime Minister, Dr. Rowley said that he hopes to update citizens on ‘one or two’ new decisions in his next address to the national community on COVID-19.