Sunday 20 September, 2020

Hinds: Still no clear answer where latest COVID-19 cases came from

Lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases and contacts in Trinidad and Tobago as of July 26, 2020 (Source: Ministry of Health)

Lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases and contacts in Trinidad and Tobago as of July 26, 2020 (Source: Ministry of Health)

Where did the latest cluster of COVID-19 cases come from?

Technical Director, Epidemiology Division at the Ministry of Health, Dr Avery Hinds said there is still no definitive answer on where the cases originated.

However, he assured that the Ministry of Health is working to pinpoint the source.

"We are in the process of investigating as we speak. We do not have a clear or concrete answer to where the cases would have come from. We are still looking at where the cases are, and we trace backwards to identify source, while we also trace outwards to reduce spread," Hinds said.

Hinds added that contact tracing continues for the latest cases.

"We have subsequently seen in the last few days at least four persons who have turned up in the population with COVID-19. One of those, in tracing their contacts and testing them, led to a family cluster of an additional five persons. We have initiated again the contact tracing activities around whom the positive cases would have been in contact," he said.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said more information is needed from the contact tracing exercise to determine if Trinidad and Tobago is experiencing a second wave of the virus.

Deyalsingh said: "As to whether we are in a second wave, we have to be careful how we describe things as waves or peaks. We need to get more information from the contact tracing to determine whether this is a second wave (or) if it is a peak."

Trinidad and Tobago currently has 148 positive COVID-19 cases.

The latest case is a 43-year-old Arima delivery driver, who was in contact with at least eight people at his home, including an SEA student of the Tacarigua Presbyterian School.

This case is pending epidemiological investigation.

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