Covid counter: death toll rises to 137; men over 60 make up half of all Covid-19 deaths

An elderly man with comorbidities has died due to Covid-19, the Ministry of Health reported today. His death brings the total number of fatalities related to the disease to 137.

Men continue to be the hardest hit by the disease, accounting for nearly three-quarters of all fatalities. Men over 60, in particular, make up half of all deaths.

Photo: Man over 60 wears a mask during Covid-19 pandemic (by Obi Onyeador on Unsplash)

Most of the patients who have died—about 64%—had pre-existing medical conditions at the time of their death. Hypertension and diabetes are the most common comorbidities found in the deceased. Men were also more than three times more likely to have comorbidities than women.

The health ministry also confirmed five new cases of Covid-19. The total number of confirmed cases detected since March 2020 is 7,637. To date, 89,241 people have been tested for the Sars-Cov-2 virus.

There are now 29 patients in hospital, including three under intensive care. State quarantine facilities are housing 314 people and there are 143 at home in self-isolation.

Photo: The novel coronavirus.

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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