Trinidad and Tobago suffered 15 more deaths related to Covid-19 over the last 24 hours, which brought the total number of fatalities to 390 since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020. There have been 221 deaths this month so far.
The Ministry of Health also confirmed 250 new cases, based on 506 tests done during the period of 19 to 23 May. There have been 9,443 infections this month and 20,017 since the first reported case on 12 March 2020.
At present, there are 8,150 active cases in the country with 455 hospitalised persons.
On Friday 7 May, Dr Avery Hinds, technical director of the epidemiology division, forecasted that the twin island republic would have 10,000 active cases within two weeks—due to the high infection rate at the time. The country avoided that fate, after introducing a series of measures meant to restrain the spread of the virus, including the current state of emergency.
However, the hospital occupancy rate stands above the threshold of 75% at present, which is a severe strain on the resources of the health care sector.
The government’s vaccination process continues, though, with 1,025 persons receiving their first jab over the past 24 hours. There have been 5,518 vaccinations since 21 May which took the total of persons who have already received their first shot to 67,324.
The country has 1,179 fully vaccinated persons at present with Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh targeting 136,000 vaccinations by August 2021.
Minister of Foreign and Caricom Affairs Dr Amery Browne had welcomed news on that front, as Trinidad and Tobago received 9,000 WHO-approved AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines from the Government of Bermuda.
The Bermuda ‘gift’ follows the donation of 16,000 AstraZeneca vaccines by the Government of St Vincent and the Grenadines last Thursday.
“The Government of Trinidad and Tobago extends its profound appreciation to the government and people of Bermuda for their generosity in providing this much needed assistance and for also providing transportation for the vaccines,” stated Dr Browne, in a press statement.
The Ministry of Health continues to urge citizens to follow the three Ws:
Wear your masks (ensure that it covers from your nose to your chin),
Watch your distance (stay six feet away),
Wash your hands thoroughly (or use alcohol-based hand sanitiser).
At today’s virtual press conference, medical director of the St Ann’s Psychiatric Hospital Dr Hazel Othello suggested three Ss as well for the mental health of the nation: self-care, support one another, seek help.
Dr Othello also advised persons who feel overwhelmed by news regarding the virus to take some time away from their news providers, so as to centre themselves; and to direct friends to professional therapists if they feel unable to guide or cope with their mental health needs.
Persons who require help should visit the website: www.findcarett.com.
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