Thirty-two police recruits attached to the Police Academy, St James, have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus. The TTPS made the disclosure in a media statement this evening.

According to the media release, one of the recruits had tested positive on August 25th, and another three days later. As a precaution, another 42 who were in direct contact with the two recruits, were immediately separated and sent to the University of the West Indies, St Augustine, and away from the other 143 recruits at the Academy.

Tests were conducted on the 42 recruits, with 32 returning positive and the other ten, negative. As a result, the 32 who tested positive have been removed to another part of the UWI campus, while the other ten remain in quarantine.

The TTPS says a decision has been made to test the remaining 143 recruits who are in training, as well as the instructors and other persons at the Academy. As a result, the proposed graduation on September 16th, and passing out of this batch of recruits seven days later, have been postponed indefinitely.