Thirty local cases in two weeks, Wired868 compares infection rates of first and second waves

Trinidad and Tobago’s tally of locally transmitted infections since 20 July now stands at 30 persons in two weeks, as the Ministry of Health confirmed another seven positive results for the novel coronavirus this morning.

Three of the positive patients are ‘contacts of recently positive Covid-19 patients’ while four are ‘pending epidemiological investigation’. At present, Trinidad and Tobago has diagnosed 180 positive cases since the onset of the pandemic while there are 40 active patients.

Photo: A boy is scanned for traces of Covid-19.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram confirmed this week that the twin island republic is in its second wave of local infections; and, thus far, it appears to be slightly more widespread than the first time around.

On 27 March, five days after the borders were closed to returning nationals, the Ministry of Health recorded its first case of novel coronavirus without recent travel history. By 26 April, four weeks later, the count of local-based infections stood at 50 from a total Covid-19 tally of 116.

After a three month hiatus, Trinidad and Tobago had another local infection on 20 July; and, in two weeks since then, there have been 30 cases within these shores.

Local infections of Covid-19 in first wave (27 March to 26 April):

  • 50 cases in four weeks;

Local infections of Covid-19 in second wave (20 July to 2 August)

  • 30 cases in two weeks.

The Ministry of Health reminds members of the public to:

  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when you go out in public;
  • Keep your distance from others (six feet);
  • Stay home if you are ill;
  • Clean then sanitise surfaces, such as tabletops, door knobs and cell phones;
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based sanitiser;
  • Cough into a tissue or into the crook of your elbow;
  • Avoid touching your face.
Photo: Can’t be too careful…
A statute of iconic chutney singer Sundar Popo in Debe is given the protection of a face mask during the Covid-19 pandemic on 23 April 2020.
(Copyright Ghansham Mohammed/GhanShyam Photography/Wired868)

Persons are urged to call Covid-19 hotline numbers: 800-WELL (Trinidad) and 800-HEAL (Tobago) if they feel unwell; or they can report a possible breach of Covid-19 regulations by calling 555, or sending messages—inclusive of photographs and videos—to the Police App or via Whats App to 482-GARY.

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