Trinidad and Tobago’s first wave of locally transmitted novel coronavirus lasted for 31 days and saw 50 persons infected within our borders. At present, the second wave has accounted for 42 confirmed cases within 16 days.
This morning, the Ministry of Health confirmed another 10 positive results for Covid-19. Seven were described as ‘contacts of recently positive’ patients while another three are ‘pending epidemiological investigation’.
Since the onset of the pandemic, the Ministry of Health has submitted 8,766 samples for testing by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (Carpha) and its UWI site. From those, there were a total of 192 positive results.
Notably, all eight deaths related to Covid-19 came during the first wave—which ran from 27 March to 26 April.
Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh advised members of the public that another ‘lockdown’ is unlikely and citizens should adjust to life in these post-Covid times.
As such, members of the public are reminded to:
- Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when you go out in public;
- Keep your distance from others (six feet);
- Stay home if you are ill;
- Clean then sanitise surfaces, such as tabletops, door knobs and cell phones;
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based sanitiser;
- Cough into a tissue or into the crook of your elbow;
- Avoid touching your face.
Persons are urged to call Covid-19 hotline numbers: 800-WELL (Trinidad) and 800-HEAL (Tobago) if they feel unwell; or they can report a possible breach of Covid-19 regulations by calling 555, or sending messages—inclusive of photographs and videos—to the Police App or via Whats App to 482-GARY.
Trinidad and Tobago vs Covid-19 (in numbers)
Local infections of Covid-19 in first wave (27 March to 26 April)
- 50 cases in 31 days;
Local infections of Covid-19 in second wave (20 July to 4 August)
- 42 cases in 16 days.