Trinidad and Tobago suffered its ninth death related to the novel coronavirus and the first of the second wave of the pandemic, at roughly 12.15pm today. The patient, according to a release by the Ministry of Health, was ‘an elderly female with pre-existing medical conditions’.
The ministry delayed the release of the information so as to give the family of the deceased ‘ample time to process the information’. Members of the public are asked to respect the patient’s confidentiality and allow the family to ‘mourn in peace’.
At present, Trinidad and Tobago has 264 active cases of Covid-19 and have had 412 positive results since the onset of the pandemic. From the eight cases reported this morning, six were ‘contacts of recently positive Covid-19 patients’ and two are ‘pending epidemiological investigation’.
This morning, there were 81 patients at the Couva Hospital, 49 at the Caura Hospital and 51 at ‘step-down/transition facilities’—split between the Brookyln Facility in Sangre Grande (20) and Balandra (31). It meant a total of 130 hospitalised patients. Some patients were moved from Couva to Balandra to free up bed space at the former facility.
Another 84 patients were said to be ‘en route’ to the hospital. Some of the positive cases, who are yet to be hospitalised, were swabbed for the virus as long as two weeks ago.
Trinidad and Tobago vs Covid-19 (in numbers)
Local infections of Covid-19 in first wave (27 March to 26 April)
- 50 cases and 8 deaths in 31 days.
Local infections of Covid-19 in second wave (20 July to 14 August)
- 254 cases and 1 death in 26 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 877-3742 (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.