National Security Minister Stuart Young is writing to the Barbadian authorities seeking to have the group of T&T nationals under mandatory quarantine there tested for COVID-19 when they complete their 14- day quarantine.
The T&T Government is sending test kits to do this, he added.
“If they don’t have the virus, they’ll have to make arrangement — which I’ll consider — for them to return (home). Medical experts will advise if they’ll have to be put into state quarantine if they enter T&T.”
He said he’d also contacted Surinamese authorities on T&T nationals there to see if those people can also be medically examined.
“I’m waiting to see if Suriname can assist in helping with examination. We take it from there, this is a priority,” he said.
Young said Government was contacted Wednesday on an emergency life-or-death situation in Caricom and could do very little to help immediately because the country’s borders were closed. He said luckily the person began recovering. He added that Jamaica - where the majority of T&T’s UWI students are - advised students to stay in place.
“It’s the best advice. T&T nationals across the world who apply to enter will be looked at but anyone travelling, including in an airplane, is putting themselves at risk,” he said.
Young said the Immigration Division is also currently upgrading systems for facial recognition and biometric systems. He’s also asked Immigration to do a new alphabetised passport renewal system.