The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) issued 61 tickets for failure to properly wear face masks, within 24 hours of receiving ticket books on the weekend. Fifty six of the tickets were handed out by Eastern Division officers with 52 in Mayaro alone.
Mandatory use of face masks in public is the latest measure by the Trinidad and Tobago government to curb the infection rate of Covid-19 and an amendment to that effect passed through both houses of Parliament before becoming law on 31 August.
It took another five days before the TTPS received ticket books, yet, still, dozens of citizens were caught out. The fine for breaching the public health ordinance is TT$1,000 in the first instance and TT$2,000 and TT$3,000 for the second and third instance respectively.
The Ministry of Health announced another 27 positive cases today, with four this morning and 23 in the evening—based on samples taken between 28 August and 6 September. One of the 23 persons was tested in Tobago.
There were two more deaths too, which brought the total death rate to 37. The deceased patients were described as adult males with co-morbidities. There have been 15 fatalities this month already.
At this morning’s virtual media conference, Dr Avery Hinds, technical director of the Ministry of Health’s Epidemiology Division, attributed the climbing death rate to the spread of the virus which had now infiltrated the more vulnerable members of our society.
Trinidad and Tobago vs Covid-19 (in numbers)
Local infections of Covid-19 in first wave (27 March to 26 April)
- 50 cases in 31 days with 8 deaths.
Local infections of Covid-19 in second wave (20 July to 17 August)
- 436 cases in 29 days with 4 deaths.
Local infections of Covid-19 since gov’t roll-backs (18 August to 7 September)
- 1,585 cases in 21 days with 25 deaths.
The Ministry of Health reminds members of the public to adhere to the ‘new normal’ and:
- 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.
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.