A Besson Street police officer was one of three persons who tested positive for Covid-19 today. All three cases are ‘pending epidemiological investigation’ and not believed to be linked to a previous patient.
The results took Trinidad and Tobago’s tally since the onset of the novel coronavirus to 210 cases, with 58 local infections in the past 18 days—a noticeable spike since the first wave, when 50 persons were infected in 31 days within the country’s borders.
The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) confirmed that the Besson Street officer was the eighth member of the service to test positive for the virus and the second in just 24 hours, after a civilian member of the St Clair Police Station tested positive yesterday.
Both stations were closed for sanitisation while a TTPS statement revealed that: ‘several persons have been quarantined while the process of deducing whether the extent of contacts or suspected contacts is significant enough to warrant continued isolation’.
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 877-3742 (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.