Dr Avery Hinds, technical director in the Epidemiology Division, announced today that Trinidad and Tobago had a roughly 35 per cent decrease in Covid-19 infections over the last two weeks.
However, the novel coronavirus gave a reminder of its menace today with three deaths and 86 new cases in the twin island republic. The deceased patients were two elderly males and one elderly female—all with pre-existing conditions.
This morning’s deaths were the first fatalities of October, while the total death rate since the onset of the pandemic now stands at 79.
At present, there are 1,834 active cases of the virus in the country with just over 100 persons hospitalised, roughly a dozen in step-down facilities and the rest allowed to recover at home.
As of this morning, there were four persons at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in the Arima General Hospital and another five at the Couva Hospital’s ICU, along with nine at Couva’s High Dependency Unit (HDU).
The Ministry of Health had submitted 32,122 samples to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (Carpha) this morning and that figure was unchanged this evening.
There have been 4,715 positive results from 29,017 unique patient tests since the virus first appeared on these shores in March.
Trinidad and Tobago vs Covid-19 (in numbers)
Local infections in first wave (27 March to 26 April)
- 50 cases in 31 days with 8 deaths.
Local infections in second wave (20 July to 17 August)
- 436 cases in 29 days with 4 deaths.
Local infections since gov’t roll-backs (18 August to 13 September)
- 2,350 cases in 26 days with 41 deaths.
Local infections since renewal of roll-backs (14 September to 3 October)
- 1,667 cases in 20 days with 26 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.