Ten deaths, 558 infections; SEA postponed, St Vincent and Bermuda promise vaccines to T&T

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The Ministry of Health today confirmed an additional 10 deaths related to Covid-19 and 558 new cases, based on samples taken between 14 and 19 May 2021. At present, there are 6,996 active cases with 412 persons hospitalised

There have been 7,403 infections and 172 deaths already this month, while Trinidad and Tobago has had 18,227 positives and 341 deaths since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020.

Photo: Students at the Gandhi Memorial Vedic School during a visit by Ministry of Education officials.
(via Ministry of Education)

At today’s post-cabinet news briefing Minister of Education Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly announced that the SEA examinations will be held on Thursday 1 July 2021 while results are expected in the middle of September, so as to facilitate the placement of students into secondary schools by the third week of that month.

Gadsby-Dolly said her ministry received requests from 178 SEA students from 88 primary schools for an exam deferral, while 402 CXC candidates asked to do their exams in 2022 instead. At present, the Trinidad and Tobago governments supports the postponement of the CXC examinations by no longer than three weeks.

The Ministry of Education is also compiling a list of ‘the most critical categories of school personnel’ for vaccination at present.

Minister of Foreign and Caricom Affairs Dr Amery Browne also revealed that St Vincent and the Grenadines donated 16,000 AstraZeneca vaccines to Trinidad and Tobago, while Bermuda pledged 8,000 AstraZeneca vaccines.

Photo: St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonzalves.
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The batch from St Vincent and the Grenadines arrived today and are due to expire at the end of June, although Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh promised that they ‘will be utilised well before that time’.

Details on the shipment from Bermuda are still being finalised, although it is expected next week.

Dr Browne noted that ‘vaccine hesitancy’ in some smaller Caribbean nations have seen them unable to make full use of their stock. However, Ministry of Health officials do not anticipate any wastage here.

Trinidad and Tobago is still ‘working assiduously’ to get vaccines from the United States, after US President Joe Biden promised to export more than 20 million vaccines. Dr Browne described Biden’s promise as positive news for ‘Caricom as a whole and Trinidad and Tobago in particular’.

 

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