Update: 18 more test positive for COVID-19, confirmed cases at 326
Update 6 pm
Trinidad and Tobago has recorded 18 more positive cases of the novel coronavirus taking the total number of active cases to 179.
In its 6 pm clinical update, the Ministry of Health noted that the results are from samples taken during the period August 5 to present.
Three are people who tested positive at private labs, five are contacts of recently positive COVID-19 cases and 10 are pending epidemiological investigation.
To date, the country has registered 326 COVID-19 infections.
Eight people have died while 139 others have been discharged from the hospital.
Furthermore, 12,122 samples have been submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and UWI site for testing.
Trinidad and Tobago's active cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have risen to 161, with eight more patients having tested positive for the virus.
However, these additional cases are not from the last 24 hours.
The Ministry of Health in its 10 am update indicated that the results are from samples taken during the period August 4 to today.
Seven of the cases are from Trinidad while the other is from Tobago.
Three of these cases had contact with recently positive COVID-19 patients while the remaining five cases are pending epidemiological investigation.
The Ministry assured that all established protocols have been implemented.
Currently, 15 patients are either being taken to hospital or in the process of being admitted. A total of 126 patients are at hospital, 77 at the Couva Hospital and Multi-Training Facility - one of whom is in the Intensive Care Unit - and 49 at the Caura Hospital.
To date, 11,710 samples have been submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and UWI site testing for COVID-19. A total of 10,119 patients have been tested for COVID-19 with 1,591 tests being repeated.
One hundred and thirty-nine patients have recovered from the virus while the number of related deaths still stands at eight.
The Ministry will provide another update at 6 pm.