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Thursday 13 August, 2020

Update: T&T's COVID-19 cases at 133

6 pm update: 

Two more returning nationals from the Enchantment of the Seas have tested positive for COVID-19.

This brings the number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in T&T to 133.

In its 6 pm clinical update, the Ministry of Health assured that all established protocols are being implemented.

To date, 5,552 samples have been submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the UWI site for testing for COVID-19.

A total of 115 patients have recovered from COVID-19, while eight related-deaths have been recorded.

The Ministry reminded the public that they must to adhere to the ‘New Normal’ recommendations and take the following personal health measures to protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19:

1. Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when you go out in public

2. Keep your distance from others (6 feet)

3. Stay home if you are ill

4. Clean then sanitise surfaces (e.g. tabletops, door knobs and cell phones)

5. Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser

6. Cough into a tissue or into the crook of your elbow

7. Avoid touching your face

If someone develops symptoms of COVID-19, call the hotline 877-WELL or 800-WELL (9355) for further guidance. If the person is severely ill, call the 811 (emergency hotline) or call ahead to the Accident and Emergency Department the nearest hospital for help and go in immediately.

10 am update:

A T&T national who recently returned to the country along with a group of passengers aboard the Enchantment of the Seas cruise ship has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 

This brings the number of confirmed cases of the virus to 131. 

In a clinical update on Sunday, the Ministry of Health indicated that eight patients are hospitalised at the Caura Hospital for COVID-19.

No patients are currently at transition/step-down facilities. 

A total of 5,540 samples have been submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and UWI site for testing for COVID-19.

Twenty-four more patients have been tested for the coronavirus, bringing the number of patients tested to 4,171.

Some 1,369 tests have been repeated.

A total of 115 patients have recovered from COVID-19, while eight related deaths have been recorded.

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