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New coronavirus cases drop weekly, but still above PM’s target

Trinidad and Tobago will go into the weekend with one new Covid-19 related death and 41 new cases of coronavirus infection, according to the Ministry of Health’s daily update. There have been nine deaths and 206 new infections recorded for the week.

The death toll continues at a rate of about one person per day, as predicted by the minister of health. The rate of infection also continues to fall from week to week.

Photo: One of thousands of travellers who were stuck at airports due to cancelled flights and hurriedly closed borders as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

With a rate of about 41 new cases per day, however, the country is still a ways from being granted access to the so-called Caricom ‘travel bubble’— which allows member nations to visit each other without the need for coronavirus tests or a quarantine period. T&T would need its rate of infections to fall to 20 per day to be allowed in.

As of 22 September, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines were all part of the ‘bubble’.

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, doorknobs and cell phones;
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based sanitiser;
  • Cough into a tissue or 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 WhatsApp to 482-GARY.


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