Dr Christopher Oura

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Virology specialist at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of the West Indies, Dr Christopher Oura, says the recent cases of COVID-19 which could be community spread are of great concern and Government must move quickly to find out where the virus originated.

This as the Ministry of Health on Friday announced a third positive case of COVID-19 which has been sent for further epidemiological tests.

In an interview with Guardian Media, Oura said the Government must move swiftly to track and trace the origin and spread of the virus.

“The key thing to do at the moment is to (as quickly as possible) track, trace and test, so we get an idea about how extensive (or not) the spread is related to these two positive cases and also try to find out where the virus came from,” Oura said of cases 139 and 141 which were believed to be local spread cases.

“Once we know this, more informed decisions can be made about what to do next about the reopening of school.”

He added, “It is all the more important at this time that the general public follow all the public health measures recommended by the Ministry of Health.”

Meanwhile, independent paediatrician Dr David Bratt said all schools must be in a state of readiness to prevent any transmission of COVID-19. He said even children with chronic kidney disease, asthma and epilepsy can go to school once the proper procedures are followed. But he said the Ministry of Education must use the next few weeks to ensure all schools are equipped with the proper screening equipment, sanitisers and cleaning supplies. He again reiterated the need for more testing, saying T&T had the third-lowest rate of testing in the Caribbean.

He added that other Caribbean islands with fewer resources than T&T were able to do far more testing.