Sunday 5 April, 2020

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in T&T rise to 60

The Ministry of Health has confirmed three additional positive COVID-19 cases in Trinidad and Tobago.

This was announced by Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh at a media conference on Wednesday morning.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) up to 60, as of Wednesday morning.

As of this morning, the number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing for COVID-19 was 370 and the number of samples which have tested positive is 60.

Two of the newly confirmed cases are patients who had a history of recent travel.

One of the newly confirmed cases is an additional positive case from the group of 68 nationals who returned from a cruise ship that docked in Guadeloupe last week.

According to Minister Deyalsingh, of the 60 cases, 44 were passengers on that ship.

So far, only two of the 60 cases are the result of local transmission. This means they have no recent travel history but are known contacts of previously confirmed positive imported cases. 

The public was once again reminded that the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has the only lab that is certified to test samples for COVID-19 and therefore, it is the only lab that can confirm positive or negative results of the samples.

Public Health Inspectors will visit various public locations within communities where large gatherings are common (e.g. schools, supermarkets and malls) to advise key representatives on the necessary health care precautions.

The Ministry of Health has also urged the public to practice social distancing, by putting a space between yourself and others.

They ask that members of the public maintain at least 2 metres (6 feet) distance between yourself and others, especially anyone who is coughing or showing signs of illness.

Social distancing is a tool public health officials recommend to slow the spread of a disease that is being passed from person to person. This means that if persons stay far enough away from each other, the virus cannot spread from one person to another.

Members of the public are also asked to take the following personal hygiene measures to protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands properly with soap and water
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if water and soap are not available
  • 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
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Stay home if you are ill
  • Avoid close contact with people who have flu-like symptoms

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms and have recently travelled outside of Trinidad and Tobago, or have come into close contact with someone who has travelled internationally, please self-quarantine and call your nearest public health facility.

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