Sunday 7 June, 2020

Update: T&T's number of COVID-19 cases remains at 107

Update: In the 10 pm release from the Ministry of Health, no new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded.

Up to Tuesday night, 910 samples had been submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing. 

At 4 pm on Tuesday, the Ministry confirmed that Trinidad and Tobago's number of confirmed COVID-19 cases was 107. This was an increase of one case, up from the 106 cases that had been confirmed on Tuesday morning. 

Eight deaths have been recorded and one person has been discharged.

As for the most recent case, recorded between Tuesday morning and Tuesday afternoon, the Ministry of Health revealed the patient is a contact of a person who tested positive with COVID-19.

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

The Ministry of Health is also reminding the public that COVID-19 can be spread by touching surfaces that are contaminated with the novel coronavirus.

It said it is important to regularly sanitise commonly touched surfaces (e.g. table tops, handrails, door knobs and trolleys).

If dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to sanitisation.

The Ministry said a simple solution of 1/3 cup of household bleach to one gallon of water is quite effective.

It noted that the important elements of sanitisation are disinfecting frequently and thoroughly, and using the cleaning product correctly

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

• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze

• Dispose of tissue immediately after using

• Cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow if you do not have a tissue

• Stay home if you are ill

• Sanitize hard surfaces (e.g. table tops, handrails, doorknobs and trolleys) as often as possible.

• Avoid close contact with people who have flu-like symptoms

• Practise social distancing

• Maintain at least 2 metres (approximately 6 feet) distance between yourself and others, especially anyone who is coughing or showing signs of flu-like illness.

The Ministry said it is also advised that all public transportation vehicles should operate with windows open and limit their occupancy.

It added that 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.

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