The health ministry recorded four additional confirmed cases of Covid-19 today, as Trinidad and Tobago’s count rose to 85 positive reports from 550 samples. So far, there have been three deaths and one discharge.
In two of the confirmed cases, the new coronavirus was spread through close contact with someone who tested positive. The health ministry again pointed out that 49 of its positive cases came from nationals who recently returned from the Costa Favolosa cruise.
At present, the government is asking people to stay at home for the next two weeks to slow the spread of the virus, so infection does not happen at a rate that could overwhelm its healthcare system.
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 or not employed with a company providing an essential service.