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Covid-19 counter: 43 more positives and another death—an elderly male with co-morbidities

The Ministry of Health confirmed Trinidad and Tobago’s 29th Covid-19 related death this evening. The deceased patient was described as ‘an elderly male with co-morbidities’.

There have been 14 deaths due to the novel coronavirus within the last week, which is almost as many fatalities suffered by the country since the onset of the pandemic in March.

Photo: Health care professionals treat a Covid-19 patient in Chicago.
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As of this morning, there were seven patients at the Couva Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 12 in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).

There were 64 confirmed positive test results today with 21 announced in the morning and 43 at roughly 6pm. The figures were representative of samples taken between 28 August and 2 September—and not just over the last 24 hours.

At present, the twin island republic has 1,255 active cases of the coronavirus while there have been 1,984 positive results from 21,527 unique patient swabs since the onset of the pandemic.

On 26 August, chief medical officer Dr Roshan Parasram revealed that the Ministry of Health will no longer test persons who reside in the same household as a positive case—unless symptoms demand it—although the entire household will be asked to go into ‘isolation’. Primary contacts who do not live with a Covid-19 patient will continue to be swabbed.

Trinidad and Tobago’s last significant measures to slow the spread of the virus came on Saturday 15 August when Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley announced the closure of beaches, churches, gyms, contact sport and in-house dining and drinking, among other roll-backs.

Photo: Soca Warriors coach Terry Fenwick (centre) demonstrates to his players during training at the Police Barracks, St James on 3 July 2020.
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The two week marker to gauge the impact of those restrictions on the country’s infection rate is on Monday 7 September.

On Monday 31 August, Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi also passed an amendment to the public health ordinance to make the wearing of masks mandatory. The government will be able to gauge the early success of that measure on Monday 14 September.

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 3 September)

  • 1,622 cases in 24 days.
Image: Covid-19 data on Trinidad and Tobago.
(via Ourworldindata)

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.

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