Grenada removes Trinidad and Tobago from low-risk group
ST GEORGE’S – The Government of Grenada has now placed Trinidad and Tobago in its medium risk travel category, in the wake of COVID-19.
This means that any passenger arriving from the twin island republic will be mandated to show a negative COVID-19 test result at the port of arrival.
The passenger will then mandated to spend 14 days in quarantine.
Previously, Trinidad and Tobago was in the low-risk category which required all arriving passengers to show a negative test and there was no need for quarantine.
According to health officials, Grenada is continuously assessing the global COVID-19 Pandemic as part of plans to either remove or include countries from travel risk categories.
The categories are low, medium or high risk as reflective in the number of COVID-19 cases during a 14 period.
Health officials monitoring the situation in Trinidad and Tobago said that due to the intensity of the unfolding COVID-19 outbreak in the country, the Government of Grenada was advised to temporarily suspend the routine physical forms of merchant trading between Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago.
Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Shawn Charles said that this decision is in “our best interest as the traffickers and operators are less likely to obtain a negative (PCR) test before boarding the cargo vessels to return to Grenada”.
There are dozens of businesses and sole traders who conduct weekly trading between the Grenadian capital of St George’s and Port of Spain, the capital of the twin-island republic.
Charles, who empathises with the merchants, said he understands the effect such a decision can, and will have on traffickers and operators of cargo vessels, and as such, it was not an easy one to make, but priority must be given to the greater good of the country and its citizens.
The decision which was carefully analysed by local health authorities are based on the fact that Trinidad and Tobago has had around 39 cases per 100 000 population in the last 14 days.
“Countries in the medium-risk category are those that have between 20 – 60 cases per 100 000 population, therefore, health officials felt that in keeping with our local protocols this change has become necessary,” stated a release from the Ministry of Health
The ministry also earned that travel disruption is still possible and national control measures may be brought in with little notice, therefore all concerned are encouraged to continue to check Grenada’s travel guidance and advisories. (CMC)