Update: COVID-19 claims 7 lives in 24 hours
Update 6 pm
Seven people have died from COVID-19 in 24 hours.
According to the Ministry of Health's 6 pm clinical update, five people succumbed to the illness on Friday evening while two others died earlier.
The latest victims are two elderly males and females with co-morbidities and an adult male. This brings the cumulative number of deaths to 50.
In addition, 48 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 from samples taken during the period September 4 to September 9.
As such, active cases have risen to 2,013 while 2,825 people have been infected with the virus to date.
Seven hundred and sixty-two people have been discharged from the hospital thus far.
Meanwhile, 26,551 samples have been submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the UWI and other local sites for testing.
Two additional COVID-19 related deaths have been recorded.
The Ministry of Health in its clinical update on Friday morning indicated that an elderly female with co-morbidities and an adult male have died from COVID-19.
This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 45.
Further, 79 more people have tested positive for the virus, representing results from samples taken between August 31 and September 10.
The Ministry said of the 79 new COVID-19 positive cases reported, seven who were housed at the Police Training Academy.
These individuals have not been in circulation within the national community and will be transferred to a public health facility for relevant medical care.
The Ministry assured that all established protocols have been implemented.
In some better news, seven more patients have recovered from the virus bringing the total number of patients discharged to 762.
The number of COVID-19 positive patients in hospital is now 109: 79 ( six in ICU, 5 in HDU) at the Couva Hospital and Multi-Training Facility and 30 at the Caura Hospital.
Some 119 patients are still at step-down/transition facilities: 44 at UWI Canada Hall and 70 at UWI Freedom Hall.
The Ministry advised that 1,663 patients are in home isolation under the continuous monitoring of the respective County Medical Officer Health (CMOH) offices.
The 79 new patients will be processed for admission at the discretion of the CMOHs.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has risen to 2,777 with 1,970 of those being active.
To date, 26,176 samples have been submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the UWI and other local sites for testing for COVID-19, with 23,133 patients now tested for the virus.
The Ministry will issue another update on the status of COVID-19 at 6 pm.sta