This country has recorded its first case of the Omicron variant of the Covid-19 virus. Confirmation comes from Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh at yesterday's Covid-19 media press conference hosted by the Ministry of Health. The patients is said to be a female who came to Trinidad and Tobago from New York. He said quote "this is the disturbing part. In New York, the person was allowed to board a flight with a positive PCR test. The person travelled to Panama where they presented a negative Antigen test". The Minister noted that a positive PCR test is in contravention of TT Pass regulations, adding that he met with the National Security Minister and will provide the person's name and the airline, because they have some liability in this. Joining us to talk about this latest development and the impact of the virus on the healthcare system is President of the Medical Association Dr. Vishi Beharry.

It's Have Your Say time, where members of the home audience shared their  views on the Covid-19 management. The Omicron variant is confirmed to be present as one case was picked up at the Piarco International Airport, meantime yesterday's figures showed 464 new positive cases of Covid-19, 22 additional deaths linked to the virus bringing the total to 2,429 Total active cases now stands at 14,488. Here's what some of you had to say.

We were joined this morning by the 2nd President of the Banking Insurance and General Workers Union, Jason Brown tells of threats by the management of Republic Bank Ltd to suspend and dismiss workers who are not vaccinated. There have been reports of workers walking off the job after a senior member of staff tested positive for Covid-19. He says the workers invoked their right under the OSH Act to refuse to operate in what they consider hazardous environment. 

Councillor Paul Mongolas and the friends of Sangre Grande host a virtual seminar in celebration of International Men's Day 2021. The roles of males in society expectations versus reality in an evolving world. Other events and topics include a Virtual Sangre Grande Entrepreneur Fair (Christmas Edition), Guess the Christmas Jingle Competition and a Virtual Christmas Concert. Telling us more about this initiative is Councillor Mongolas.


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