Friday 29 May, 2020

T&T confirms another COVID-19 related death

Yet another life has been lost to COVID-19 in Trinidad and Tobago.

This, as all non-essential activity halted on Monday, and citizens were urged to remain at home in an effort to flatten the curve and limit further spread of the disease.

The death was confirmed by the Ministry of Health in a release on Tuesday night, which described the patient as an elderly woman with a pre-existing medical condition. This brings the death toll of the virus in Trinidad and Tobago to four. 

The release further stated that, as of Tuesday night, 583 samples have been submitted for testing to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), and of those samples, 89 have been returned positive. 

One of the two most recently confirmed cases has no history of recent travel nor any known contact with a positive case. 

The second case was in contact with people with a recent history of travel. 

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 reminding the public that placing your hands on your face increases the risk of contracting the virus.

It said the virus can transfer from your hands to your nose and mouth, and then enter your body.

It urged citizens to protect themselves by washing their hands often with soap and water or by using an alcohol-based sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, if soap and water are not available.

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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