Young: Student from China being checked daily

The T&T stu­dent who re­turned from Chi­na re­cent­ly is in iso­la­tion at her home and is be­ing mon­i­tored dai­ly by the chief med­ical of­fi­cer in her dis­trict, Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young has as­sured. He did so yes­ter­day in the Sen­ate in re­sponse to Op­po­si­tion ques­tions about the stu­dent’s re­turn.

Last Sun­day it was re­port­ed the stu­dent ar­rived from Chi­na three days af­ter Gov­ern­ment an­nounced a 14-day trav­el re­stric­tion on ar­riv­ing pas­sen­gers from that coun­try. The ban is to cur­tail spread of the coro­n­avirus.

The stu­dent, aged 20, from east Trinidad, ar­rived at Pi­ar­co In­ter­na­tion­al Air­port late last Fri­day. She had gone to Shang­hai the pre­vi­ous week for stud­ies but hours af­ter land­ing there she was in­formed that class­es had been post­poned in­def­i­nite­ly due to the spread of the coro­n­avirus.

Young said: “I’m hap­py to re­port she’s be­ing mon­i­tored at this stage and is in iso­la­tion at her home and is be­ing mon­i­tored every sin­gle day by the CMO of her dis­trict. For­tu­nate­ly she has shown no signs or symp­toms of any virus af­ter she re­turned.”

Young added that the stu­dent was prop­er­ly screened by port health se­cu­ri­ty at Pi­ar­co air­port when she re­turned and af­ter pass­ing the screen­ing was al­lowed to en­ter the coun­try.


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