Saturday 28 March, 2020

Tobago national feverish after returning from China, tests ordered

The Trinidad and Tobago national who returned from China on Friday has been transferred to the Scarborough General Hospital for quarantine after medical checks revealed a low-grade fever.

This comes a few hours after the Ministry of Health issued a statement reiterating that there are no confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in T&T.

The patient, whose identity remains withheld, was initially expected to be isolated at home for 14 days according to the Division of Health.

In a media release issued on Monday, the Tobago Regional Health Authority (TRHA) said the returnee was tested during the day revealing a slightly elevated temperature. 

It further noted that samples will be rushed to Trinidad on Monday night to be tested at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) laboratory to confirm if the individual is infected with COVID-19. The results are expected to be received within the next 24 to 48 hours and a further update will be provided.

"It is important to note that since arrival on the Island, the individual was quarantined at the airport and then quarantined at home alone under 24/7 security," the TRHA assured.

Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: