Covid counter: 31 dead in October; MOH awaits autopsy results of passenger on repatriation flight

The Ministry of Health is awaiting the results of an autopsy performed on a passenger who died on a repatriation flight to Trinidad on Saturday. The autopsy is expected to determine whether the passenger died due to Covid-19.

The Caribbean Airlines flight, which was en route to Piarco International airport from JFK airport in New York, was redirected to Puerto Rico where authorities pronounced the 61-year-old T&T national dead. The autopsy is being performed in Puerto Rico.

Photo: A CAL aircraft.

The other passengers on board flight 3525 landed in Trinidad shortly after 12 am Monday morning. Speaking at the health ministry’s media briefing, Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram said that they would be quarantined for seven days and be tested on the first and seventh day, following regular protocols for returning nationals.

There have been no new positive cases and no new deaths from Covid-19 reported today, 2 November 2020. The total death toll remains at 109. There are currently 708 active positive cases of the virus, with a total of 5704 positive cases being reported since March.

The month of October saw 1161 new positive cases, which accounts for about 20% of all positive cases reported since March. Thirty-one people died of Covid-19 for the month.

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, doorknobs and cell phones;
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based sanitiser;
  • Cough into a tissue or the crook of your elbow;
  • Avoid touching your face.
Image: The novel coronavirus.

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 WhatsApp to 482-GARY.

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2 comments

  1. Puhleeze! Why must reporters always seek to slant the news!
    The autopsy is expected to determine THE CAUSE OF DEATH! Period!

    • Let’s be clear: if the autopsy finds that he died of a heart attack or that he was poisoned or that he died of natural causes, it will not have determined that he did NOT die of Covid-19?

      Jeezanages!

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