Unease is growing over the possible economic ramifications of a protracted coronavirus outbreak in this country, including a decimation of the healthy workforce. As such, businessmen and members of the Employers Consultative Association (ECA) have been holding discussions on ways and means of mitigating the effects of the virus.

One such suggestion, to have a work-from-home protocol for staff facing quarantine because of the coronavirus is being made by the ECA and TT Chamber of Industry and Commerce. Both have begun meeting to collect ideas on how workplaces can cope with the threat of the disease.

Chamber CEO Gabriel Faria told Newsday his group has held talks with the ministries of Health and Trade, including discussing the virus’ potential impact on the commercial sector. These talks came after Prime Minister Dr Rowley last week warned of potentially far-reaching economic implications for this country from coronavirus.


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