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T&T records third coronavirus fatality, 74 positive cases thus far

Trinidad and Tobago’s death toll as a result of the novel coronavirus now stands at three, as the Ministry of Health informed the public of another fatality this afternoon. As usual, no information was provided on the deceased patient.

At present, CARPHA has tested 500 local samples with 74 positive reports, three deaths and one discharge. The Costa Favolosa cruise accounts for 49 of those positives—with 46 from the 68 voyagers quarantined in Balandra and three from the five travellers who returned home separately and were kept at another facility.

Photo: A Covid-19 patient is evacuated from the Mulhouse civil hospital, France on 23 March 2020. The Grand Est region is now the epicenter of the outbreak in France, which has buried the third most virus victims in Europe, after Italy and Spain.
(AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

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 whether you are ill or not, unless you belong to an ‘essential service’.

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