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Six more deaths as MoH confirms 235 more infections; 278 hospital beds left

Trinidad and Tobago suffered six more deaths due to Covid-19 over the last 24 hours, with another 235 confirmed infections and 24 more hospital spaces taken up.

The County Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) offices, as always, will determine how many of the newly infected persons require hospitalisation, based initially on telephone interviews. However, there are now just 278 beds available.

Photo: Nurses get ready to work in full PPE gear in Seattle.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley urged citizens to stay home unless absolutely necessary as he announced a new wave of measures meant to stagger the ongoing spike of cases.

There are 2,689 active cases at present while there have been 16 deaths already in May, with 882 positives from 5,874 tests. The twin island republic has had 11,706 positives from 137,081 tests with 185 deaths since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020.

The Ministry of Health began giving persons their second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, though, with 196 persons fully vaccinated as of today, while 51,283 persons have received their first jab so far.

The Ministry of Health urges the public to maintain the health measures outlined below:

  • 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;
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser;
  • Cough into a tissue or into the crook of your elbow;
  • Avoid touching your face;
  • Clean then sanitise surfaces (e.g. table tops, door knobs and cell phones).

The Ministry also reminds the public that persons who have received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine should continue to follow all of the public health guidelines, in order to safeguard their health and that of their loved ones.

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