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19 more Covid-19 positives; MoH confirms 116 active cases

The 2020 General Election has now come and gone—although UNC leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is insisting on a recount—but the novel coronavirus pandemic is still here and creating a nuisance.

Today, the Ministry of Health confirmed 19 new positive cases, which are batched results since 7 August and not solely from tests conducted over the past 24 hours. Six of the positive tests were done by private labs, eight are ‘pending epidemiological investigation’ and five is a ‘contact of a recently positive Covid-19 patients’.

At present, the Ministry of Health has counted 300 positive results since the onset of the pandemic with 147 cases coming in the last 23 days. There have been 126 confirmed cases in August already.

There is good news on the condition of the patients, though. Yesterday, the Ministry of Health reported two patients in the High Dependency Unit (HDU) and one in Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Both HDU patients have since been moved to normal wards, although one person remains in ICU.

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 11 August)

  • 147 cases in 23 days.
Photo: North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA) CEO Davlin Thomas (front left) poses with staff at the Caura Hospital.
(Courtesy NCRHA)

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.

Editor’s Note: The story was updated to reflect five new positive cases on the evening of 11 August, which brought the total number of positives since the onset of the novel coronavirus to 300.

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