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Covid counter: 49 new positives and death number 54

The Ministry of Health confirmed another Covid-19 related fatality this morning, with the deceased patient described as ‘an elderly male with co-morbidities’. It was the 32nd death in September and the 54th since the onset of the pandemic.

Despite the climb in mortalities, Dr Avery Hinds, technical director of the Epidemiology Division, used data to show that the numbers are similar to pneumonia-related deaths in 2019.

Photo: Wash your hands regularly…

At present, there are 2,250 active cases of the novel coronavirus while there have been 3,091 positive samples from 23,963 unique patient samples since March. There were 49 new positives reported this morning, based on samples taken between 3 and 12 September.

There are 102 persons hospitalised for the virus with 70 at Couva, 27 at Caura and five in Arima. Three patients are in the Couva ICU and five in HDU, while there is one person at ICU in the Arima General Hospital.

There are 128 patients in step-down facilities with 71 at UWI, Freedom Hall, 50 at UWI, Canada Hall and seven at UWI, Debe.

As of this morning, there were 1,959 patients ‘home isolated under the continuous monitoring of the respective County Medical Officer Health (CMOH) offices’.

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 13 September)

  • 2,350 cases in 26 days with 41 deaths.

Local infections of Covid-19 since renewed roll-backs (14 September)

  • 49 cases in 1 day with 1 death
Image: Covid-19 on the playground.
(Copyright Gary Mavel)

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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