The Ministry of Health confirmed 29 more cases of Covid-19 this evening, which took the number of active cases to 477. Trinidad and Tobago has had 629 positive reports since the onset of the pandemic from 16,453 samples sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (Carpha).
Yesterday, new Covid-19 measures came into force including a reduction in the size of permissible public gatherings from 10 to 5, the closure of bars, cinemas, churches, schools and gyms and a ban on beaches and rivers.
Dr Naresh Nandram, the principal medical officer of the Epidemiology Division, reiterated yesterday that it is the behaviour of regular citizens which will determine whether the country is able to tame the novel coronavirus.
“Our doctors and nurses aren’t our front line anymore—they are our last line of defence,” said Dr Nandram. “This battle has moved into everyone’s homes. The frontline of the Covid-19 battle is the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.
“[…] Please be responsible: wear your mask, socially distance, wash your hands.”
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 18 August)
- 461 cases in 28 days.
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.