Rishard Khan

The Ministry of Health has detected the Brazillian Variant of Concern (P1) in a member of the local population. According to a release, the sample was taken from a COVID-19 positive patient in the Nariva/Mayaro County. “The contact tracing required to restrict the spread of the virus has already begun.

Additionally, the public is reminded that all quarantine protocols remain in place to ensure the continued protection of the people of Trinidad and Tobago,” it said. It’s the first time a variant of concern has been found within the local population.

While the Ministry has detected other variants in the past, it was from repatriated nationals or people seeking entry into the country. Earlier in March, the Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram indicated monitoring of samples for variants of concern from within the local population due to the rate of spread being witnessed. Before this point, only samples from repatriated nationals were monitored.