Trinidad and Tobago

PM urges public to fight against covid19 fatigue

Janelle De Souza Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley speaking at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann's on Saturday. - Photo by Jensen La Vende
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley speaking at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann's on Saturday. - Photo by Jensen La Vende

The Prime Minister is appealing to the public to fight covid19 fatigue so senior primary school children could finally go back to school after the Easter vacation.

Dr Rowley said the situation is similar to last year when he assured that senior secondary students would return to school if the number of new cases were sufficiently low after the Christmas holidays.

He described the move as “very successful” as there was only one incident of a student in Tobago getting the virus.

He said getting children back out to school after the Easter vacation would be a mental and psychological gift.

“I don’t know if many of you are not associated with children, having the idea, how positive that action is to be able to get these youngsters out to school. I am appealing to the rest of the population, in your attempt to enjoy the post-pandemic prematurely, or just to be generally irresponsible and even destructive, think about what you are risking.”

Rowley added that no where in the world was in a post-pandemic period and the consequences of behaving as such were grave because it would be easy to be overwhelmed by the virus.

He said if Trinidad and Tobago found itself in a situation where another lockdown or heavy restrictions were necessary, the government would not be able to provide a financial bailout.

“The tens of thousands of you who received a government cheque, I am putting you on notice now – if we as a population find ourselves back in that situation where those are the decisions to be made and the actions to be taken, there are no resources to hand out cheques like that.”

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