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Three deaths and 134 new cases; more infections in April than rest of 2021 combined

Trinidad and Tobago suffered three additional deaths related to the Covid-19 virus over the past 24 hours and set a new record for infections in 2021, with 134 positives. 

It is the third time in the last five days that the government revealed a new high in infections, after the Ministry of Health tallied 70 positives on Tuesday and 85 on Wednesday.

Photo: Medical workers remove a deceased patient during the Covid-19 pandemic.
(via International Business Times)

In April’s 18 days so far, the twin island republic has had 914 positive cases from 10,188 tests. In contrast, Trinidad and Tobago had 876 positives from 38,003 tests between 1 January and 31 March.

At present, the country has 847 active cases of the novel coronavirus with 85 hospitalised patients. The total death toll stands at 153.

There were 269 active cases on 31 March while, one week after the Christmas and New Year holidays on 7 January 2021, Trinidad and Tobago had 309 active cases with 23 persons in hospital. It is a further indication of the current spike of infections, which has alarmed Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh.

The Caroni (26.1%) and Victoria (25.6%) counties account for more than half of the current cases of Covid-19 in the country, with 58.2% of the cases labelled as asymptomatic. The age group with the most infections is the 20-39 segment (35.62%) followed by 40-59 (33.05%).

The government has so far vaccinated 16,462 persons.

Photo: Can’t be too careful…
A statute of iconic chutney singer Sundar Popo in Debe is given the protection of a face mask during the Covid-19 pandemic on 23 April 2020.
(Copyright Ghansham Mohammed/GhanShyam Photography/Wired868)

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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