Update: COVID-19 cases jump to 300 with five more positives
Update 6 pm
Five more people have tested positive for COVID -19.
According to the Ministry of Health's (MoH) 6 pm clinical update, four are contacts of recently positive case while one is pending epidemiological investigation.
As such, the total number of positives has risen to 300. Active cases now stand at 153.
The release added that all established protocols have been implemented.
Additionally, 203 more samples have been submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and UWI site for testing taking the total to 11,590.
Eight people have died from the viral respiratory illness locally.
Fourteen more people have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the number of positive cases in Trinidad and Tobago to 295.
The Ministry of Health said six cases were tested positive at private labs, seven cases are pending epidemiological investigation, and one is a contact of a recently positive COVID-19 patient.
The Ministry noted that the 14 positive cases show results from samples taken during the period August 7 to present.
It said this figure is therefore not representative of the positive cases over the last 24 hours only.
There are 116 positive patients in hospital; 12 new patients are en route/being admitted to hospital.
Meanwhile, in its 10 am update on Tuesday, the Ministry of Health said 11,387 samples submitted have been submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and UWI site for testing for COVID-19.
A total of 9800 unique tests have been completed, while 1,587 tests have been repeated.
There have been 139 discharges and eight deaths.