Several local and foreign-based politicians, diplomats and dignitaries yesterday sent out statements wishing Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley a speedy recovery after he tested positive for COVID-19.
The story was also reported widely by the international media.
Following are some of the statements:
Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley:
“As I speak to you, the chairman of the Caribbean community has regrettably tested positive—Prime Minister Keith Rowley and I would therefore want to express our deepest concerns for his urgent, quick recovery.”
British High Commissioner to T&T Harriet Cross:
“On behalf of all of us at the British High Commission, I would like to wish PM Rowley a strong and speedy recovery. The United Kingdom PM also had COVID-19 last year so we know how tough this can be.”
World Health Organization head Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus:
“I join you in expressing my wishes for fast recovery to his excellency Prime Minister Rowley.”
Tourism Minister Randall Mitchell:
“Wishing our Prime Minister, a full and quick recovery. Everyone, please remember to keep safe by practicing physical distancing, sanitizing frequently and wearing your mask.”
United States Embassy in T&T:
“The United States Embassy in Port-of-Spain would like to wish Prime Minister Rowley a speedy and safe recovery.”
PNM PRO Laurel Lezama-Lee Sing:
“Our leader has repeatedly emphasised that the virus does not discriminate between party membership, social status, profession, age or any other social demographic or construct. Our Prime Minister leads this nation not only with the grit of a loving father, but with the example of a dedicated and protective guardian who will do everything possible to protect those in his charge. Every additional positive diagnosis is one too many, and his is no exception.
“The People’s National Movement lifts our party’s leader and the nation’s leader in love. We pray that he, and all those afflicted by the virus, will have a swift and complete recovery. The PNM continues to implore all citizens to follow the health guidelines, to practice physical and social distancing, to adopt personal hygiene, to be responsible in all of their actions, and to follow all of the guidelines prescribed by the Ministry of Health. The virus is very real, the global pandemic continues to be unabating, and the consequences, devastating. Living with this virus is our new reality, and it’s up to us to protect ourselves and our loved ones.”