Trinidad Tobago lost two more persons to Covid-19 today, as the Ministry of Health confirmed another two deaths—after declaring two this morning, for a total of four fatalities in the last 24 hours.
One deceased patient was described as ‘an elderly male with co-morbidities’ while the second was an adult female with no reported pre-existing medical conditions. The twin island republic has had 19 Covid-related deaths since the onset of the novel coronavirus in March.
Earlier this week, chief medical officer Dr Roshan Parasram attributed the sharp spike in recent cases to ‘a series of events in August where we had a number of mass gatherings [with] persons not adhering to the public health guidelines’.
Trinidad and Tobago held its General Election on 10 August.
On the evening of 10 August, Trinidad and Tobago had a total of 281 positive cases since the onset of the pandemic from 9,357 unique patient tests. This evening, 18 days later, the total number of positives stands at 1,554 cases from roughly 20,000 unique patient tests—the Ministry of Health did not confirm unique patient tests this evening, although, this morning, that figure stood at 19,870.
It means that, in the last 18 days, the country had more requests for swabs than in the past five months combined. And Trinidad and Tobago had an additional 1,273 positive cases in just over two weeks.
At present, there are 907 active cases of the coronavirus in the country with roughly 700 positive persons in home quarantine.
Dr Parasram took the decision to begin allowing home quarantine for infected persons, in keeping with World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines for countries with community spread, so as ‘to ensure that the bed space is preserved for moderately to seriously ill persons’.
Today, the Lower House passed a bill that made failure to wear masks in public places punishable by a fine of TT$1,000 in the first instance, TT$2,000 for the second offence and TT$3,000 for the third offence. The bill will now go to the Senate.
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 10 August)
- 129 cases in 22 days.
Local infections of Covid-19 since Election Day (11 August to 28 August)
- 1,273 cases in 18 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.