Trinidad and Tobago suffered a new record for deaths in a single day with 23 fatalities over the past 24 hours, which is two more than on Thursday 13 May 2021. There have been 317 deaths since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020.
There was a new high mark in confirmed cases too as the Ministry of Health tallied 601 new infections from 5,985 tests on ‘samples taken between the period 13 May to 16 May’. It was the second day of testing samples between 13-16 May, as the ministry noted 944 tests and 294 positives from that period yesterday—which suggests a total, so far, of 895 positives from 6,929 tests over those three days.
There have been 17,150 positives since March 2020 from 159,982 tests. Six thousand three hundred and twenty six of those confirmed cases occurred this month already, which makes it easily the worst period of the pandemic for the twin island republic.
At present, there are 6,318 active cases with 381 persons hospitalised.
The County Medical Officer Health (CMOH) offices must determine, via telephone interviews, how many from the 601 new cases need special medical attention, with the country’s intensive care and high dependency units already at or near capacity.
If the parallel health care system is not already overwhelmed, it appears to be a matter of time.
Trinidad and Tobago is under a state of emergency at present with persons asked to stay at home as much as possible. The Ministry of Health continues to urge citizens to follow the three Ws: Wear your masks, Watch your distance, and Wash your hands.
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