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the nation is being given politically convenient data rather than all of the information we need to

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The Government is coming under fire after the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) revealed 70 post mortem samples were sent for testing at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) from the Forensic Science Centre (FSC).

Previously, the Ministry of Health announced that tests would not be conducted posthumously.  

In a statement on Thursday, the United National Congress (UNC) condemned the mixed messages. The party further reminded that Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar was dismissed when she called for tests to be conducted on those who died after exhibiting flu-like symptoms.

“This call was grounded in the fact that the only way we can truly be successful in our fight against COVID- 19 would be to base our actions on accurate and timely data. 

The response coming from the Government press conference was to dismiss the gathering of this critical data, stating that “the policy by local authorities” was that there would be no posthumous testing. The reasons given were that it was simply too dangerous and carried too much unnecessary risk.”

The Opposition Leader went on to raise questions over the Government's change of heart.

“In a remarkable flip flop today, the nation is being told that the 'Forensic Sciences Centre was actually sending testing all along to CARPHA' after stating publicly that this was not the policy by local authorities. Is it that the Forensic Sciences Centre was sending samples unbeknownst to the Government and the CMO? Were the posthumous samples always included in the “samples tested” data set? Did the posthumous numbers just appear today?"

Persad-Bissessar added that there have been numerous calls to follow international best practice and increase the levels of testing in the country, all of which were met with empty assurances.  

“Our testing numbers remain lower than the international standards. In a time of a public health crisis, the nation is being given politically convenient data rather than all of the information we need to be well informed and therefore better able to protect ourselves and our families.”

Just Thursday, the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) announced that samples were taken from a security guard who died in Tobago on April 18 after presenting with flu-like symptoms. The results, like the other 69, returned negative. 

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