The Ministry of Health recorded another two deaths and 151 new infections due to Covid-19 today. Trinidad and Tobago has suffered 161 deaths since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020, with 9,947 cases of the novel coronavirus during that period.
There are 1,505 active cases in the twin island republic at present, compared to 269 on 31 March 2021. It is uncertain how many of that number are afflicted by the Brazilian variant, P1, since the mutation can only be detected by genetic sequencing rather than through the usual swab method.
April 2021 will go down as the most rampant month for the invisible enemy on these shores so far. There have been 1,921 cases over the last 27 days from 18,663 tests with 19 deaths.
In contrast, August 2020 produced 1,590 cases from 15,709 tests with 14 deaths.
The Ministry of Health urges the public to maintain the health measures outlined below:
- 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;
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser;
- Cough into a tissue or into the crook of your elbow;
- Avoid touching your face;
- Clean then sanitise surfaces (eg table tops, door knobs and cell phones).
The Ministry also reminds the public that persons who have received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine should continue to follow all of the public health guidelines, in order to safeguard their health and that of their loved ones.
Thus far, 41,669 persons have received their first shot of the vaccine.