The Ministry of Health confirmed seven more deaths related to Covid-19 over the past 24 hours with 402 new infections from 1,078 tests. At present, there are 331 hospitalised persons—the bulk of whom are based in Trinidad.
There were a total of 436 beds in Trinidad as of Friday afternoon with 106 in Tobago. The good news, according to principal medical officer Dr Maryam Abdool-Richards, is that the Ministry of Health plans to add a few hundred physical beds by Monday.
The bad news is the parallel health sector lacks the ‘supporting human resources to manage these beds’ and would become overwhelmed within another week or two, if the current infection rate holds.
In April, Trinidad and Tobago had 2,798 cases of the novel coronavirus in an alarming spike. However, just eight days into May, there have already been 2,298 new infections with 3,783 active cases.
There have been 13,122 positives and 203 deaths since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020, with 140,718 unique tests.
At present, the government has fully vaccinated 946 persons while 59,786 persons have had their first dose.
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 (eg 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.