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Trinidad: ‘COVID-19’ criminals pretending to be health workers

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FIRST CASE: Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh points out that passing a cell phone from person to person can pass on infection as he confirms the first case of COVID-19 in Trinidad during a press conference at the Ministry in Port of Spain office yesterday. —Photo: JERMAINE CRUICKSHANK

(TRINIDAD EXPRESS) – The Health Ministry says that criminals are masquerading as public health workers and requesting access to homes to spray houses as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 disease.

And homeowners are asked to be vigilant, and report any such request.

Police officers working closely with the Ministry of Health to provide support in the national thrust to protect the population from COVID-19, the Ministry said in a statement today.

Officers are ensuring that people advised by public health officials to self-quarantine, fully comply with these instructions.

The separation of persons who may have contracted the disease, from the rest of the population, is a fundamental aspect of the infection control protocols that are being implemented to prevent community spread of the disease, the Ministry said.

The support of tpolice officers provide additional assurance that self-quarantine rules are adhered to in all instances.

The Ministry said that as part of the proactive approach to protecting the population from the threat of COVID-19, public health representatives may visit homes and various public locations within communities to do contact tracing and advise persons of the necessary health care precautions.

All public health members of staff who conduct these official duties are required to have photo identification badges clearly displayed on their person at all times.

These identification badges must be presented to you upon request. If the individual refuses to display their identification or present it upon request, immediately terminate further contact, lock your doors and call the TTPS using the 999 emergency number.

If you would like to confirm the identity of someone presenting themselves as a public health representative, contact the relevant public health unit. These numbers are available on the Ministry’s website (www.health.gov.tt), the printed Phone Directory and from the Directory Assistance by calling 6411.

The public is urged to continue to take personal health precautions, be vigilant and report any suspicious cases to the police if the identity of the person cannot be confirmed.

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