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Covid counter: 86 new cases on Republic Day morning, but overall signs of slight dip

The Ministry of Health announced 86 new Covid-19 cases with no deaths on the morning of Republic Day. There have been 334 new infections this week so far, which is an average of roughly 84 new cases per day.

It suggests a gentle decrease since the spike between 18 August and 13 September, which saw 2,350 infections in 26 days.

Photo: A San Fernando barber wears his mask during the Covid-19 lockdown.
(Copyright Ghansham Mohammed/GhanShyam Photography/Wired868)

At present, Trinidad and Tobago has 2,118 active cases of the novel coronavirus while there have been 4,222 positives from 26,898 unique patient tests since the onset of the pandemic. There were 67 Covid-19 related deaths during that period.

There are 81 persons who are hospitalised with the virus and 131 in step-down facilities, which leaves over 1,800 patients in ‘home isolation’.

Of the hospitalised patients, two are in the Couva Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with another 10 in the High Dependency Unit (HDU) of the same facility.

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 to 24 September)

  • 1,174 cases in 11 days with 14 deaths.
Image: A satirical take on relationships in the time of Covid-19.

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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