The novel coronavirus continues its cross-country journey around Trinidad and Tobago with another 21 persons confirmed positive this morning and 36 more by this evening. Yesterday, there were 477 active cases of Covid-19; this evening, the Ministry of Health gave the new case load as 534.
St Joseph MP Terrence Deyalsingh was, predictably, sworn back in as minister of health today, when Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley named his new Cabinet; and his job is more important than ever. The twin island republic has had 686 positive results since the onset of the coronavirus in March. There have been 12 deaths and 149 discharges.
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 19 August)
- 518 cases in 29 days.
The Ministry of Health reminds members of the public to adhere to the ‘new normal’ and:
- 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.