Sunday 7 June, 2020

COVID-19 cases increase by one; T&T now has 83 positive cases

Trinidad and Tobago has recorded another positive COVID-19 case, bringing the number of confirmed cases to 83.

The latest case has a travel history.

In a statement, the Ministry of Health said as of Monday afternoon, 539 samples have been submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency for testing for COVID-19.

Eighty-three samples have tested positive, while three deaths have been recorded.

One person has been discharged.

The Ministry said of the total number of positive cases, 49 of these positive cases came from the group of nationals who recently returned from a cruise:
·  46 positive cases from the group of 68 nationals who returned from the cruise together

·  three positive cases from the group of nationals who returned from the same cruise separately from the other 68 nationals.

The Ministry of Health is reminding the public that placing your hands on your face increases the risk of contracting the virus.

It said the virus can transfer from your hands to your nose and mouth, and then enter your body.

It urged citizens to protect themselves by washing their hands often with soap and water or by using an alcohol-based sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, if soap and water are not available.

The public is also advised to take the following personal hygiene measures to protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19:

1. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze

2. Dispose of tissue immediately after using

3. Cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow if you do not have a tissue

4. Stay home if you are ill

5. Sanitize hard surfaces (e.g. table tops, handrails, doorknobs and trolleys) as often as possible.

6. Avoid close contact with people who have flu-like symptoms

7. Practise social distancing

8. Maintain at least 2 metres (approximately 6 feet) distance between yourself and others, especially anyone who is coughing or showing signs of flu-like illness.

The Ministry said it is also advised that all public transportation vehicles should operate with windows open and limit their occupancy.

It added that it will continue to provide accurate information to the public in a timely fashion.

The public is therefore urged to disregard and avoid sharing all unconfirmed, misleading and/or false information about COVID-19.

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