Fatal Friday! Health Ministry reports two deaths today and 22 new cases—four in Tobago

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The Ministry of Health confirmed two deaths today of patients hospitalised for Covid-19. The first was an elderly female, just after lunch, while the second was an adult male. Both were said to have ‘pre-existing medical conditions’.

The pair are the first fatalities in Trinidad and Tobago’s second wave of the pandemic and bring the total number of deaths due to the novel coronavirus to 10.

Photo: A Covid-19 patient is evacuated from the Mulhouse civil hospital, France on 23 March 2020.
(AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

At present, the twin island republic has 277 active cases with 22 new positive results confirmed today. Thirteen of today’s positives were ‘contacts of recently positive Covid-19 patients’ while nine are ‘pending epidemiological investigation’. Four came from Tobago.

Trinidad and Tobago was lauded at home and abroad for its handling of the first wave of the coronavirus, with just 50 positives in 31 days. The second wave has been a different story, so far, with 268 positives in 26 days.

The death rate is markedly lower for the second wave, though—today’s two tragedies apart. There have been 426 positive cases here since on the start of the pandemic.

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: The novel coronavirus Covid-19.

Persons are urged to call Covid-19 hotline numbers: 877-WELL, 87-SWRHA or 877-3742 (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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