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Average number of new coronavirus cases falls in first week of December

The first seven days of December saw an average of 15 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus per day. This 7-day average is lower than any other recorded in either November or October. This drop continues the downward trend of new cases observed since September.

It remains to be seen if the latest decline in new cases will hold during the Christmas season.

Today, the Ministry of Health reported 8 new cases. There are now 691 active cases of coronavirus in the country. Of these, 34 are in hospital, 28 in step-down facilities and 225 in state quarantine facilities. In the prison system, 177 inmates are quarantined.

Photo: The novel coronavirus.

Since March, a total of 6,775 cases of the novel coronavirus has been confirmed. After the death reported over the weekend, the death toll due to Covid-19 stands at 122 people.

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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