Covid counter: More cases this week than in either February or March

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Trinidad and Tobago heads into the weekend having recorded 360 new cases of Covid-19 so far this week. That is more than the total number of cases recorded in all of March 2021 (313) and February 2021 (135).

The 652 cases confirmed in the first half of April is just 210 cases shy of the total infections recorded in the entire first quarter of 2021.

Photo: Doctors swab a patient as part of the test for Covid-19.

Today, the Ministry of Health reported 64 new cases of Covid-19 in the country, one of which is a repatriated national. This figure is a slight drop from the last two days when more than 80 cases were reported each day.

Since March 2020, there have been 8,742 confirmed Covid-19 infections and 150 people have died from the illness.

Eighty patients are currently in hospital, with eight more in step-down facilities. State quarantine facilities are housing 327 people while another 560 are self-isolated at home.

Phase one of the health ministry’s vaccination rollout continues. As of 4pm today, 15,425 people have received the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.

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 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 Whatsapp to 482-GARY.

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