TRINIDAD-HEALTH-Authorities express concern after Coast Guard intercepts vessel with 32 Venezuelans.


Health authorities Wednesday expressed concern after the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard Wednesday intercepted a vessel carrying 32 illegal Venezuelan immigrants.

Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Roshan Parasram speaking at the daily Ministry of Health virtual news conference on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, told reporters that while the detention of the Venezuelans is a matter of national security, the health component is that the individuals would have to be assessed.

Parasaram also responded to questions regarding the health status of the Veneuelans and members of the Coast Guard after it was revealed that a security complex had been placed under lockdown after Coast Guard officials rescued another set of Venezuelan nationals from a sinking pirogue. Media reports said that the Venezuelan nationals were said to be exhibiting flu-like symptoms.

'What I know about is, there was an interception of 32 Venezuelan nationals (I believe) which is a matter for really National Security, to be honest. The health component of it is really to do an assessment of those individuals to...

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