Sunday 7 June, 2020

Two more test positive for COVID; cases now at 78

Photo via AP.

Photo via AP.

Trinidad and Tobago has recorded two additional cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

In an update on Sunday afternoon, the Ministry of Health indicated that 12 more samples had been tested since the morning and two new cases were confirmed. 

One of the cases was identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19 while the second confirmed case is pending epidemiological investigation.

The number of COVID-19 related deaths remained at three.

No further details were provided.

Of the total number of positive cases, 49 cases came from the group of nationals who recently returned from a cruise: Forty-six of those cases are from the group of 68 nationals who returned from the cruise together, while the other three positive cases are from the same cruise, but they returned separately from the other 68 nationals.

The Ministry of Health reminds the public that placing your hands on your face increases the risk of contracting the virus. The virus can transfer from your hands to your nose and mouth, and then enter your body.

Citizens are advised that they can protect themselves by washing their hands often with soap and water or by using an alcohol-based sanitiser containing 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 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

2. Stay home if you are ill: Sanitise hard surfaces (e.g. table tops, handrails, doorknobs and trolleys) as often as possible. A

3. Avoid close contact with people who have flu-like symptoms and practise social distancing: Maintain at least two metres (approximately six feet) distance between yourself and others, especially anyone who is coughing or showing signs of flu-like illness.

Public transportation vehicles should 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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