Covid counter: 573 new cases and 10 deaths; 4,493 persons receive Sinopharm first jab

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The Ministry of Health confirmed 573 new cases of Covid-19 today from 1,128 tests done during the period of 18 May to 22 May 2021. There were also an additional 10 deaths.

Trinidad and Tobago has had 20,017 positive cases and 375 deaths since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020, with 9,193 cases and 206 deaths coming in this month alone. At present, the country has 8,162 active cases with 472 persons hospitalised and 6,938 persons are in home isolation.

Photo: A doctor administers the Covid-vaccine in Trinidad.
(via MoH)

On the vaccination front, the Ministry of Health has given 4,493 persons their first shot of the Sinopharm vaccine since Friday. It brings the total number of persons who received their first dose to 66,299 while 1,179 persons are fully vaccinated.

At present, the government is in ‘phase one’ of its Covid-19 vaccine deployment plan, which targets: people 60-years and over, people under-60 with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) including obesity, and health care workers.

Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh says the government hopes to vaccinate 136,000 persons by August.

The Ministry of Health continues to urge citizens to follow the three Ws: 

Wear your masks (ensure that it covers from your nose to your chin), 

Watch your distance (stay six feet away), 

Wash your hands thoroughly (or use alcohol-based hand sanitiser).

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