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New Covid-19 cases drop more than 40% from October

The first half of November has seen a significant drop in both new positive cases and deaths due to Covid-19 compared to the same period last month. There were four deaths for the month so far compared to the 19 deaths recorded during the first half of October.

This month’s 404 new positive cases is also a 43% drop from the 710 cases reported this time last month. The largest spike in cases occurred over the weekend when 97 new cases were reported in a day, driven by a cluster of cases detected in the prison system.

Photo: Persons practice physical distancing in Manila.

Today, the Ministry of Health reported 16 new positive cases and no new fatalities. Since March, 6,096 total positive cases have been reported.

There are 544 active cases, with 37 patients in hospital, 24 in step-down facilities and 219 in state quarantine facilities. The death toll is 112.

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.
Photo: A restaurant employee sanitises the bar during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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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