Will Trinidad Carnival 2015 be postponed?

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Friday October 10, 2014, CMC – The National Carnival Commission (NCC) is contemplating postponing Carnival celebrations in 2015 due to fears associated with the Ebola virus that has claimed the lives of thousands of people mainly in West Africa.

NCC chairman Alison Demas said the threat of an Ebola outbreak is becoming more real, daily, and that it may be that the Carnival, scheduled for February 16-17, and which attracts thousands of foreigners, would have to be postponed.

“We are reminded of what happened years ago with the polio epidemic when Carnival had to be postponed. It is a bit premature to say but clearly this is something that maybe necessary because of course we would not want Carnival to be an avenue for our population and our visitors being affected by the deadly Ebola epidemic”.

Demas said the NCC was now undertaking research to determine how best to respond to the virus following deaths in the United States.

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