Trinidad and Tobago recorded six cases of Covid-19 this weekend and its seventh since 26 April. All were imported cases.
The Ministry of Health confirmed today that six from 308 Royal Caribbean cruise ship employees who returned to local shores on Friday tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The six persons were immediately transferred to the Caura Hospital for treatment.
All 308 returnees are due to spend their 14 day quarantine period on the Enchantment of the Seas cruise ship—under the supervision of local medical officials—where they each have their own cabin with bathroom facilities. They were swabbed for the virus on the ship.
“All other cruise ship crew members remain quarantined on the vessel,” stated a release from the Ministry of Health, “and as such there is no risk of local transmission to Trinidad and Tobago.”
Up to this evening, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (Carpha) had completed 3,995 tests in the twin island republic with 123 confirmed cases, eight deaths and 109 recovered patients.
At present, the government’s ‘parallel healthcare system’ is full—according to Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh—with over 700 returning nationals in quarantine, including 142 University of the West Indies (UWI) students.
Editor’s Note: This article was updated at just after 7pm to reflect five additional confirmed cases of Covid-19.