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Three more local infections, Health Ministry reveals new hotline numbers due to ‘technical difficulties’

The Ministry of Health has confirmed ‘technical difficulties’ with its 800-WELL (9355) hotline for persons in Trinidad who wish to report Covid-19 symptoms. Such persons are now advised to use 877-WELL instead or 87-SWRHA or 877-ERHA.

The hotline to report symptoms in Tobago remains 800-HEAL (4325).

A release from the ministry stated that it is ‘working with the service provider to rectify the matter and will inform the population as soon as the 800-WELL number is again fully operational’.

Photo: Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh.

This morning, the Ministry of Health confirmed that the country had an additional three positive results for the novel coronavirus last night, which takes the total of positives to 197 since the onset of the pandemic. These three cases are ‘pending epidemiological investigation’.

At present, there are 54 active cases of the virus who are all hospitalised between the Caura and Couva hospitals. Local infections within the twin island republic can be split into two waves:

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 5 August)

  • 45 cases in 17 days.

The Ministry of Health reminds members of the public 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: 877-WELL, 87-SWRHA or 877-ERHA (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.

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