The Ministry of Health confirmed its 50th positive case of Covid-19 this morning. Thus far, the number of samples submitted by local authorities to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is 298.
A release from the government said the 50th patient ‘had a recent travel history’ and stressed that ‘all positive Covid-19 cases, thus far, have been imported’.
Forty of Trinidad and Tobago’s 50 positive cases came from a group of nationals who returned from a cruise. Another 28 locals from that excursion are being quarantined in Balandra at present.
The twin island republic temporarily closes its borders at midnight and Caribbean Airlines are operating flights today, which gives nationals a last chance to return home before then.
The CAL flights available are BW3601 from Toronto to Trinidad at 3.05pm; BW525 from JFK, New York to Trinidad from 3pm; and BW3413 which flies from Barbados to St Vincent (2.30pm), St Vincent to Grenada (3.45pm) and, finally, from Grenada to Trinidad at 4.45pm.
The Ministry of Health continues to urge members to:
- Wash your hands properly with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand sanitiser if soap and water are unavailable;
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and dispose tissue immediately after using, or cough and sneeze into crook of your elbow;
- Avoid touching your face;
- Practice social distancing—that is no kissing, hugging or hand-shaking, and avoid mass gatherings;
- Sanitise hard surfaces as often as possible, such as tabletops, handrails, doorknobs and trolleys;
- Avoid close contact with people who have flu-like symptoms;
- Stay home if you are ill.