Trinidad and Tobago’s election takes place on August 10th- less than two weeks away. Just yesterday, the country reported eight new positive cases of the Covid-19 virus, in a 24 hour period. The Ministry of health explained via media update that three of the cases were found in persons returning to Trinidad and Tobago from Canada while four were primary contacts of a recent case. An earlier confirmed case was that of a patient who is a primary contact of someone who had recently tested positive.

To date, there have been 670,000 deaths around the world, all owed to the COVID-19 virus. In Trinidad and Tobago, 8 persons have died.

CMO Dr. Roshan Parasram

Since the relaxing of restrictions that had been imposed, there have been a renewed sense of concern as more persons are testing positive for the virus. There are 34 patients presently under medical quarantine and treatment. Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Roshan Parasram has confirmed that Trinidad and Tobago is presently in its second wave of the Covid-19 virus spread. Meanwhile, the Health Minister allayed fears of another countrywide lockdown, proposing instead that targeted and strategic lockdowns of businesses and places exposed to the virus.

Separately, In Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam has announced the postponement of the city’s key assembly elections, citing an ongoing spike in coronavirus cases.

The election was due to take place on September 6th, and had been seen as an opportunity for pro-democracy parties to win an historic majority amid public dissatisfaction at a new security law imposed by Beijing.