NEXT MONTH’S Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago will still go ahead despite rising Covid -19 cases.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Keith Rowley insisted that the population of the Caribbean twin-island nation is now highly immune as approximately half are vaccinated.
The PM added that those who are unvaccinated have been exposed to the virus and have therefore developed natural immunity.
“The country’s open but there’s COVID out there. Take personal cover, you know what you can do the list of things that you can do. Do those things that you can do,” Mr Rowley said a press conference with health officials during a COVID-19 update to the public.
The PM said that there was no need to impose new COVID-19 restrictions, close the country’s borders or cancel Carnival.
However, he did call on the public to take personal responsibility especially during this year’s Carnival celebrations.
He said: “The nature of Carnival is meeting and mixing. We do not believe that the situation warrants us to not have Carnival, but we believe that it warrants us taking personal decisions about your exposure to minimise instances of requirements for healthcare delivery to you”.
At the press briefing, health officials reported that between January 2 and 9, there were 406 new cases and eight deaths were reported January 2-9.
Trinidad Carnival is always celebrated on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival has been described as “the best” in the Caribbean for several decades.
Carnival in the twin-island nation has helped to influence and birth the Notting Hill Carnival in London.
The colourful cultural celebration was cancelled in 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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