Approximately 10,000 persons have requested exemptions to return to Trinidad and Tobago. Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley made the disclosure while speaking at a media conference at the Diplomatic Centre earlier today. He said as of July 11th, the Ministry of National Security had granted approximately 4,515 exemptions since the borders were closed.⁣

⁣Nationals have been repatriated from Guyana, Venezuela, Suriname, Barbados, Cruise ships, Cuba, St Marteen, UWI and other students from Jamaica and Barbados and the Prime Minister said there have also been smaller flights permitted for persons with medical issues.⁣

During today’s conference, the Prime Minister also noted that Government worked with the energy sector and oil and gas companies to permit entries of workers to keep the industry running uninterrupted. He said these workers have entered via private charter flights and the use of marine service vessels and rigs.⁣ Additionally, exemptions were granted to students in India, to persons in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.⁣

It was also revealed that this week, nationals will be repatriated from Grenada and Canada, using Caribbean Airlines. ⁣

Dr Rowley said the country’s border entries are being carefully managed and the numbers of exemptions being granted are based on, among other things, the capacity of the public health care system to manage state quarantine and state supervised quarantine. He said there is also consideration given as to the possibility of a run on the parallel public health care system set up to deal with positive COVID 19 cases.⁣