There was a spike in positive cases of the novel coronavirus over the last seven days. The Ministry of Health reported 16 new cases today, Friday 27 November 2020, which took the total for the last seven days to 325.
More than a third of these new cases, 122, came from the prison system.
During the health ministry’s media conference on Wednesday, epidemiologist Dr Avery Hinds said that the number of cases was rising globally. Speaking at the same conference, Principal Medical Officer Dr Maryam Richards said that the ministry was expecting numbers to rise as the Christmas holidays approached and nationals continued to be repatriated.
Today, there are 758 confirmed active cases in the country. The total number of positive cases reported since March is 6,586.
In the parallel healthcare system, there are 36 patients in hospital, 29 in step down facilities and 205 in state quarantine facilities. One hundred and seventy-five inmates are quarantined in the prison system.
The deaths of an elderly man and woman, both with pre-existing medical conditions were reported today. These deaths bring the 7-day total to 5 and the total since March to 118.
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.
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.