President and Santokhi in quarantine
“President Desi Bouterse was put in quarantine after he tested negative for COVID19. The chairman of the Progressive Reform Party (VHP), Chandrikapersad Santokhi, was also put in quarantine after testing negative for the virus,” said Daniella Veira, member of the National COVID19 Management Team. “These are the leaders of the country and these people came into contact with other political leaders who have tested positive. For several days there were talks about the transition of power and the formation of a new government and prior to the first parliamentary session the people were often in the presence of various groups of people. That is why it was deemed necessary to put them in quarantine despite the fact that they tested negative,” said Veira.
authorities are urging people who after June 20 came in contact with one of the political leaders who have tested positive for COVID19 to send a text message or Whatsapp message to 8133270 or 7238840. They can also dial 178 or 144.