Trinidad and Tobago’s Covid-19 counter rose by another 71 persons today, just 24 hours after chief medical officer Dr Roshan Parasram alerted the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) that the country now has ‘community spread’.
At present, the twin island republic has 348 active cases of the novel coronavirus while there have been 497 positive tests since the onset of the pandemic. Today’s results were an amalgam of swabs done from as far back as 3 August.
From the 71 positives, 39 were described as ‘pending epidemiological investigation’, 31 were ‘contacts of recently positive Covid-19 patients’ and one came from a private lab.
Today, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley announced several measures meant to check the spread of the novel coronavirus. (Click HERE for more information.)
“We are now a position where we have to act,” said Rowley.
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 15 August)
- 339 cases in 27 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.