Friday 25 September, 2020

CMO: More males, younger people testing positive for COVID-19

File photo: Chief Medical Officer, Dr Roshan Parasram

File photo: Chief Medical Officer, Dr Roshan Parasram

More males and younger people have tested positive for COVID-19 during the second phase.

Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Roshan Parasram presented the data at the Ministry of Health's media briefing on Saturday.

He said: "There's a change in the demography that we are seeing. Basically in summary, we are seeing a younger age group of about average 33 in the second phase, 55 in the first phase. We are seeing more males than females in the second phase as opposed to the first phase."

In the first phase, March 11 to April 26, the males cases represented 41.4 percent and the females 58.6 percent.

 However, there was a reversal in the second phase. Between April 27 to August 6, male cases represented 58.1 percent, while female cases represented 41.9 percent.

Meanwhile, the CMO stated that there is no community spread in Trinidad and Tobago.

He said: "About a week ago, we made a recommendation to PAHO to change our definition from sporadic to cluster, meaning that we have conglomerations of local cases of imported cases coming together in a specific geographic local and or are linked to each other. When we looked at the map, it spoke to some large clusters in certain areas. We were able to link quite a large proportion of those clusters to persons although they may be at different geographic locations. So for now we maintain the cluster spread."

He said the Ministry of Health will continue to monitor the situation.

"Community means that there is extremely widespread spread throughout the entire country, meaning that you can go to any locality in the country and possibly be at the same risk of developing COVID-19. That is not the case at this point," he added.

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