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Two added, three discharged; Covid-19 slowdown on Election day

The Ministry of Health revealed two new positive results and three discharges over the past 24 hours, as General Election day offered some respite in Covid-19 numbers. The government submitted 589 samples to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (Carpha) during that period.

However, the Ministry of Health also revealed that five positive persons remained ‘en route’ to the hospital for over 24 hours now. There was no explanation for the delay in getting the respective persons to hospital.

Image: Coping with Covid-19.

At present, there are 109 persons hospitalised with Covid-19—66 at the Couva Hospital and 43 at Caura. Two of the Couva patients are in High Dependency Unit (HDU) and one in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

The capacity at the Couva Hospital, according to Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh, is 75 percent of the facility’s 100 bed, which suggests it can safely add just nine more patients without further discharges.

Since the onset of the novel coronavirus, the Ministry of Health submitted 11,311 samples to Carpha. There have been 281 positive cases with eight deaths and 138 discharges.

The Ministry of Health also advised that its 63 Park Street Head Office will remain closed on Tuesday and Wednesday—‘in the first instance’—due to a fire in its basement on the morning of Saturday 8 August.

The temporary closure, according to the ministry, is to ‘ensure no one is unduly affected by residual smoke odour arising from the fire which occurred in the basement’ on the morning of Saturday 8 August.

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 10 August)

  • 128 cases in 22 days.
Photo: Police officers applaud the hard work of the country’s nurses during the Covid-19 pandemic.
(via TTPS)

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.

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