The Ministry of Health announced 202 new cases of the novel coronavirus today with another death. The deceased patient was described as an adult male with co-morbidities.
Trinidad and Tobago has now had 3,853 positive cases of Covid-19 since the onset of the pandemic from 25,932 unique patient tests. There have been 61 deaths in total with 39 in September alone.
The positive cases reported today were from samples taken between 10-18 September. Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh said his ministry should clear its backlog of cases by ‘early next week’ and would then offer results based on tests conducted within the previous 48 hours.
At a virtual press conference this morning, Dr Avery Hinds noted that the infection rate is in decline, although it is difficult for members of the public to spot as results are shared in batches at present.
Trinidad and Tobago vs Covid-19 (in numbers)
(Editor’s Note: the infections are recorded on the day they are announced by the Ministry of Health)
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 to 19 September)
- 805 cases in 6 days with 8 deaths.
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.