The Ministry of Health is confirming 10 new positive cases of COVID-19—with one of them being a patient in Tobago—in its latest update, noting that these bring the total number of active cases in the country to 325 patients.

According to the Ministry, these new cases reflect samples taken between Sunday 3rd and Tuesday 5th January 2021.

In its update for today, Wednesday 6th January 2021, the Ministry also is reporting no new deaths from COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, with the national toll holding at 127 persons.

The Health Ministry also notes in its update:

● 23 persons are still hospitalised for COVID-19; down from 25 patients on Tuesday.

● 229 persons are in home self-isolation; up from 228 patients on Tuesday. 17 of these patients are in the care of the prison system.

● 232 persons are in State quarantine facilities; up from 220 patients on Tuesday.

● 63 patients are still recovering in step/down facilities; no change from Tuesday.

The following is the complete clinical update from the Ministry…

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO COVID-19 (NOVEL CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE #596

As part of the national drive to safeguard the health of the Trinidad and Tobago population in the face of the global COVID-19 outbreak, the Ministry of Health continues to provide up-to-date information on the country’s status in this regard.

The following is a clinical update as at 4 pm on Wednesday 6th January 2021. The population is reminded to rely solely on information from official sources, such as the Ministry of Health.

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

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

●   Keep your distance from others (6 feet)

●   Stay home if you are ill

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

●   Wash your hands often with soap and waters or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser

●   Cough into a tissue or into the cook of your elbow

●   Avoid touching your face

If you or a loved one develops symptoms of COVID-19, please 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 of your nearest hospital for help and go in immediately.

The Government of Trinidad and Tobago will continue to update the public via its official communication channels such as:

●  The Ministry of Health’s website (health.gov.tt);

●  The Ministry of Communications websites (moc.gov.tt and news.gov.tt); and

●  The relevant social media pages of these entities (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).