Tuesday 2 June, 2020

No new COVID-19 cases, deaths reported

Trinidad and Tobago has no new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

A total of 13 more tests were done since the last update from the Ministry of Health, but as of 10 am on Sunday, the figures relating to confirmed cases and deaths have remained unchanged.

In an update on Sunday morning, the Ministry of Health noted that of the 513 samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing for COVID-19, 76 tested positive.

Of the total number of positive cases, 49 of these positive cases came from the group of nationals who recently returned from a cruise.

Forty-six positive cases were recorded from the group of 68 nationals who returned from the cruise together. Three positive cases were recorded from the group of nationals who returned from the same cruise separately from the other 68 nationals.

The number of COVID-19 related deaths remains at three, while just one person has been discharged thus far.

The Ministry reminded the public that putting one's hands on one's face increases the risk of contracting the virus.

The virus can transfer from hands to nose and mouth, and then enter your body. Citizens can protect themselves by washing their hands often with soap and water or by using an alcohol-based sanitiser that contains at least 60 percent alcohol, if soap and water are not available.

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

1. Cover nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing

2. Dispose of tissue immediately after using

3. Cough and sneeze into the crook of elbow if no tissue is available

4. Stay home if ill

5. Sanitise 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 by maintaining at least two metres (approximately six feet) distance from others, especially anyone who is coughing or showing signs of flu-like illness.

8. Public transportation vehicles are advised to operate with windows open and limit their occupancy.

The Ministry said 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 (formerly Novel Coronavirus).

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