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Covid counter: Health Ministry confirms T&T’s 51st death and 101 new positives

Trinidad and Tobago had its 29th Covid-19 related death for the month of September, as the Ministry of Health confirmed that an elderly male with co-morbidities passed away today. The twin island republic has had 51 deaths since the onset of the novel coronavirus pandemic, with 39 of them coming in the last four weeks.

At present, the country has 2,176 active cases with a total of 2,993 positives from 23,591 unique patient tests since March. The Ministry of Health revealed 101 new positive cases this evening, taken from samples during the period of 3-11 September.

Photo: The novel coronavirus.

At a press conference this afternoon, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Dr Avery Hinds, the technical director of the Ministry of Health’s Epidemiology Division, said things were slowly improving—thanks to measures take by the government on 17 August to curb the spread of the virus.

“We are starting to see the numbers look a little more favourable, although it is still increasing,” said Hinds. “[…] We are slowing that runaway train that a pandemic can be […] but we are not out of the woods.”

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 with 8 deaths.

Local infections of Covid-19 in second wave (20 July to 17 August)

  • 436 cases in 29 days with 4 deaths.

Local infections of Covid-19 since gov’t roll-backs (18 August to 12 September)

  • 2,301 cases in 25 days with 39 deaths.
Photo: Cindy’s Bakery in Penal lays down ground rules for customers on 23 April 2020.
(Copyright Ghansham Mohammed/GhanShyam Photography/Wired868)

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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