Daily Brief - Monday 12th October, 2020

NEWS

Trump extends trade pact to aid local manufacturers

A trade agreement which allows for goods produced in TT and other Caricom countries to have duty-free access to the US market has been extended for another 10 years by US President Donald Trump. A release from the Ministry of Trade and Industry on Sunday said the extension of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA) was signed off by Trump on October 10. Read more here

Guyanese man sues CAL for negligence following drug arrest

A Guyanese man who claims he was “unwittingly turned into a drug mule” when his suitcase was allegedly tampered with during a Caribbean Airlines (CAL) flight to the US, has sued CAL for alleged negligence. The story was carried in the October 10 edition of the New York Post. It involved an October 2018 incident concerning Guyanese-born Simeon Wilson who lives in Queens, New York. Read more here

 

POLITICS

Duke knocks PM over criticism of absent public servants

President of the Public Services Association (PSA) Watson Duke has described the Prime Minister's criticism of public servants as careless, irresponsible and ill-informed. Duke on a Facebook message on Sunday morning responded to Dr Rowley’s comments that public servants were abusing the covid19 measures that allowed work on a rotational basis and were ducking work. Read more here

Deyalsingh to study WHO’s call to end lockdowns

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh says he has to study statements by the World Health Organisation’s (WHO’s) Dr David Nabarro who has urged world leaders to stop “lockdowns” continuing as the primary means of controlling the COVID-19 virus. Since February Nabarro’s worked for the WHO’s Director-General assisting in dealing with the pandemic. The WHO advocated lockdowns when the pandemic began. Read more here

 

BUSINESS

Government’s balancing act for 2021

Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) is currently in the throes of a major macroeconomic shock amid subdued energy markets as well as the debilitating effects of the global pandemic. Read more here

 

REGIONAL

Virus Causing COVID-19 Can Stay On Some Surfaces For 28 Days Says Study

The coronavirus responsible for COVID-19 can remain infectious on surfaces such as banknotes, phone screens and stainless steel for 28 days, the BBC has quoted researchers. The findings are from Australia's national science agency and they suggest SARS-Cov-2, the coronavirus which causes COVID-19, can survive for far longer than thought. Read more here

All set — President says airports ready, prepared to operate safely

Growing economic challenges caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has pushed local authorities to reopen its international airports to commercial travel, from today, and President, Dr. Irfaan Ali is confident they are ready and prepared to operate safely and in a way that minimises importation of COVID-19 cases. Though no flight is expected today, the country will soon see a number of commercial flights “touching down,” but there are strict guidelines which will have to be adhered to, said President Ali. Read more here

 

INTERNATIONAL

Trump takes his Covid misinformation machine back on the road

President Donald Trump takes his Covid denial tour back to the campaign trail Monday as the tense final stretch of an election now three weeks away gets a fresh jolt with Senate hearings on his Supreme Court pick Amy Coney Barrett. Trump, who announced Sunday, without providing evidence, that he has tested "totally negative" after his bout with the virus, plans to hold his first rally since his diagnosis was publicly disclosed, in Florida, in what risks turning into yet another super spreader event. Read more here

Covid-19: China's Qingdao to test nine million in five days

The Chinese city of Qingdao is testing its entire population of nine million people for Covid-19 over a period of five days. The mass testing comes after the discovery of a dozen cases linked to a hospital treating coronavirus patients arriving from abroad. In May, China tested the entire city of Wuhan - home to 11 million people and the epicentre of the global pandemic. The country has largely brought the virus under control. That is in stark contrast to other parts of the world, where there are still high case numbers and lockdown restrictions of varying severity. Read more here

12th October 2020

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