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Caribbean L 22 ife, JULY 16-22, 2021
The prime minister
expressed fears that
some students will not
return to school.
TURKS AND CAICOS
The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands
Police Force says it is seeking to identify
20 bodies that were found floating off the
Commissioner of Police, Trevor Botting
said plans are also underway to
contact families of those
found on board the boat,
describing the gruesome
discovery as “a human
tragedy and a distressing
The police said that the 20 “unexplained”
human remains were found in
the Turks and Caicos Islands waters by a
group of fishermen, who spotted the vessel
and alerted the marine police.
The boat was later towed to shore
where authorities discovered the bodies.
In May, Trinidad and Tobago authorities
confirmed that a vessel found near
Tobago with 14 bodies, a skull and skeletal
remains, had originated in Mauritania.
Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley said
all is in place for the reopening of Trinidad
and Tobago borders later this month.
But this will depend on the level of
COVID-19 infections that have been slowly
but steadily decreasing
over the past weeks since
the State of Emergency
and curfew restrictions
were lifted, he said during
a press conference.
Last week, Attorney General Faris-Al-
Rawi passed legislation to increase the
penalties for people trying to give false
information about their vaccination status
or COVID-19 results information.
Parliament passed a law to impose a
fine of TT $350,000 (US$50,000 or one
year in jail for any traveler who gives false
information about their COVID-19 or
Speaking in the Senate in Port of Spain
last week, Al-Rawi noted that the government
had issued quarantine protocols
for people entering Trinidad and Tobago
when the borders open on July 15.
He said there is a maximum fine of
TT $250,000 and six months in jail as a
summary offense or a maximum fine of
TT$6,000 or six months imprisonment
for any breach of the COVID-19 regulations.
The AG explained that this does not
mean every breach gets TT$350,000, adding
it is the maximum penalty, but it will
be up to the discretion of the judge.
— Compiled by Azad Ali
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