Barkeepers & Operators Association president Teron Mohan (centre), with vice-president Satesh Moonasar (left), and PRO Anil Maraj Powell.

The Barkeepers and Operators Association of Trinidad and Tobago (BOATT) is refuting analysis that seems to suggest the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in this country, came as a result of the reported “last lap” event.

According to a statement issued today by the Association, a proper reading of the data would show that the increase in cases came after Nomination Day in July.  

BOATT is suggesting instead that the activities surrounding the 2020 General Election, rather than the “last lap” event, may have been responsible for the surge in COVID-19 cases.

The full text of the BOATT statement, follows…

BOATT STATEMENT ON COVID-19 DATA

The Barkeepers and Operators Association of Trinidad and Tobago will like to address the presentation given at the COVID 19 press conference on Saturday 1th September 2020.

Our medical experts outlined certain events on the graph which shows the daily COVID positive cases by date collected in Trinidad and Tobago, one of which is a so called “last lap” event. They went on to outline 2 weeks after the event and subsequently suggested that the “last lap” event was responsible for a peak in COVID 19 positive cases.

This data was compiled by our medical professionals of the public service whom responsibility is to provide the public with true and accurate data and not to only outline certain events. The public can then, understand, analyze and come to a well informed decision and position on the current COVID 19 situation.

BOATT analysis of data showing COVID-19 cases in T&T, up to 18th September 2020. (Image courtesy BOATT)

Due to the lack of outlined events, this association chose to assist in outlining all events which took place before the 18th of September 2020 using the very same data that was provided to the public on the 19th of September 2020.

The Barkeepers and Operators Association will like to point out that after being allowed to reopen on the 22nd of June 2020, Trinidad and Tobago remained free of local COVID 19 positive cases for 27 days.

The BOATT would also like to point out that the start of the steady incline of local COVID positive cases came exactly 14 days after Nomination Day which was held on the 17th of July 2020. This incline in cases began as cluster spread and then subsequently escalated to community spread.

BOATT analysis of data showing COVID-19 cases in T&T, up to 18th September 2020. (Image courtesy BOATT)