PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Jul 15, CMC – Trinidad and Tobago police were searching for more than 100 Venezuelan nationals who are reported to have illegally entered the country.
This comes after the police intercepted a vehicle carrying eight of the illegal Venezuelan immigrants.
Police said that they had intercepted the vehicle in Siparia, a town south of Port of Spain, on Monday and that all the passengers including three women and a minor, who are said to be from Tucupita, and the driver, a Venezuelan national living here, were detained.
They have all been taken to the Heliport in Chaguaramas, west of here, for medical attention, to be followed by 14 days in quarantine.
Media reports said that the illegal immigrants had come ashore by boat and that as many as 150 Venezuelan nationals may have entered the country. Police were told that the group had been taken away in vehicles which had been waiting at the shoreline.
Venezuela has so far recorded 10,010 cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and 96 deaths.
Trinidad and Tobago has been allowing Venezuelans entry here under strict conditions as they flee their homeland as Washington continues to spearhead efforts to remove the Nicolas Maduro government from office.
On Wednesday, US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo called on the international community to continue “pressure until the Venezuela people can reclaim their democracy”. – CMC