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Tobago health officials quiet
Posted: Friday, July 30, 2021

Tobago health officials quiet about island's soaring cases, deaths
It's been two days since health officials announced that Tobago had recorded its first confirmed case of the Gamma variant, also known as the Brazilian or P1 variant. And while the reported cases on positive COVID-19 infections and deaths continue to increase daily, officials are yet to address how the presence of this highly infectious strain is going to be managed.

PM dismisses talk of Tobago shutdown
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday questioned the so-called "stakeholders" spreading speculation about a looming shutdown in Tobago. Yesterday there was chatter among the tourism and business sector in Tobago that there would be a slowdown of the reopening of the country in light of the climbing COVID-19 numbers.

Restaurateur Peter George lays down strict rules for unvaccinated staff
"Fair and reasonable." That is how businessman and restaurateur Peter George yesterday described his stance that all unvaccinated staff must pay for and present a negative PCR test every two weeks before coming back out to work at any of his six restaurants.

BOATT 100% vaccinated
In a release yesterday The Barkeepers & Operators Association of Trinidad and Tobago (BOATT) announced that 100% of their membership had been vaccinated while they estimated that more than two thirds of the bar industry has done the same.

NWRHA to pay woman $400,000 for giving her the wrong blood
In defence of the case, the NWRHA admitted that Badree was administered the wrong blood but denied that the error caused her loss, damage, pain, and suffering. It also claimed that she subsequently recovered.

Ahye books Olympic 100m semifinal spot, Baptiste eliminated
Five-time Olympian Kelly-Ann Baptiste was unable to book a spot in the next round as she finished sixth in her heat. The 34-year-old Tobagonian clocked 11.48 seconds running out of lane nine. Winning the heat and automatically advancing was reigning women's 100m Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah (Jamaica) who clocked a speedy 10.82 seconds.

LeRoy Clarke cremated on Wednesday
Artist LeRoy Clarke was cremated on Wednesday after a small private ceremony during which his transition ceremony (last rites) were performed.

Waters rising in Central, emergency responders monitoring

Wanted: a vaccine for common sense
PDP leader Watson Duke says he is all for vaccines, but will only take one that has been "legitimised, approved or licensed." Of the various vaccines now available, Mr Duke said in an interview on Sunday: "A vaccine authorised for emergency use is simply a vaccine that must be used in emergency circumstances."

Electrical safety: 7 things to practice with children
Electrical issues can lead to fires so it's important to teach children to recognise potential hazards.

Businessman who captured bandit: 'We were tired of being the victim'
While he acknowledged there were risks in confronting a bandit, he urged people to be vigilant of their surroundings and stand up for themselves when possible. "Yesterday what we did wasn't that safe, because they had a firearm, but we were frustrated with being the victim all the time.

Penal eyewitness: 'Justin had no gun when police shot him'

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