PM Rowley in isolation, named primary COVID contact

Six months after recovering from COVID-19, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has a close encounter with the virus again.

He has been identified as a primary contact of someone with COVID-19.

The Office of the Prime Minister’s Facebook post on Saturday said Rowley was isolated and tested as required by existing health protocols.

He is fully vaccinated with the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine, while his test results are negative, he will remain in isolation until a second test is conducted next week.

Speaking to Guardian Media, Opposition Chief Whip David Lee said Rowley was part of a parliamentary sitting last week. He said while the Opposition was concerned, members were prepared to follow any guidelines given to them.

Lee said he knew Rowley was in Parliament on Wednesday and if they needed to do anything.

At a PNM meeting on Tuesday night, Rowley had revealed that a minister and their entire family were in isolation.

MP for Tobago East Ayanna Webster-Roy confirmed on Saturday that she and her family had contracted the virus, with the exception of her nine-year-old son.

She posted on her Facebook page, “Today marks the fourth day of our 20-day mandatory quarantine period.

“On day four, we are nearly back to normal health. Apart from a mild fever during the initial phase, my son is symptom-free.

“My daughter and I both have some mild congestion still, but that is it! I am eternally grateful to God for His mercy and to all the health professionals who have interacted with me and my family since we were tested.”

Webster-Roy said she was also fully vaccinated with the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine in June.

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