COVID-19: T&T records first Omicron case

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    T&T has recorded its first case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

    During this morning’s Health Briefing, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said the case was discovered in a vaccinated woman who travelled into T&T from New York.

    He added that the woman was allowed to board a flight in New York with a positive COVID-19 PCR test.

    The individual was immediately isolated in a step-down facility on arrival to Trinidad and according to the Ministry, no one in the public was exposed to her.

    However, Minister Deyalsingh said there were 14 persons on board the flight who fit the international criteria to be tested due to their proximity to the woman.

    All returned negative results and have been placed into home quarantine.

    The Minister said the incident of the woman travelling despite the positive PCR test, is being examined by the National Security Ministry, which will look at what fines and/or penalties can be applied.

    Later in the day, the Minister also faced questions in the Parliament regarding the name of the airline on which the woman travelled.

    Mr Deyalsingh claimed that identification of the airline was the responsibility of the Civil Aviation Authority and Immigration Division.

    This answer however did not satisfy Oropouche East MP, Dr Roodal Moonilal.