Exactly two weeks after Easter Sunday, Trinidad and Tobago has seen a significant surge in confirmed cases.

For the first time this year and the first time in almost six months, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Ministry of Health update rose by over 100 cases, as 134 positives were recorded yesterday (Sunday April 18th), along with three more deaths due to the virus.

It was the largest jump in cases noted in the Ministry of Health statistics since November 22, when 126 cases were reported.

However, in that instance, 108 of those cases were due to an outbreak of the virus at the Maximum Security Prison.

Before that, an increase in confirmed positives that crossed triple figures was in September 2020, when the country saw back to back days of over 100 confirmed positive tests being reported.

However, at that point, the cases spanned over the period September 4 to September 18, as there had been a backlog in testing and results.

The 134 confirmed cases reported on Sunday, were related to tests that occurred between April 15 to April 17.

Since the start of April over 900 positive COVID-19 cases have been confirmed, surpassing the total number of cases that had been recorded in the first three months of the year which stood at 876.

Since Monday, 536 confirmed positives have been reported.

806 cases have been reported since Easter Sunday.

Before the Easter vacation, Epidemiologist Dr Avery Hinds warned the public to be responsible while vacationing over the Easter vacation period.

Over 50,000 people reportedly travelled to Tobago during the period.

On Wednesday, due to the spike of cases Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh announced that beaches would be closed and in house dining at restaurants, bars and cinemas would no longer be allowed while public gatherings were reduced from 10 to 5. It was the second rollback of restrictions announced in April, after the Minister reintroduced restrictions on recreational sports on April 1 after an increase in cases in mid to late March.

The current number of active COVID-19 cases, according to the Ministry release stands at 847.

Of that number only 85 are currently in hospital with the virus.

623 people are in home isolation while 288 people are in state quarantine.

Cases in April

April 18 = 134April 17 = 64April 16 = 64
April 15 = 82April 14 = 85April 13 = 70
April 12 = 37April 11 = 22April 10 = 59
April 9 = 47April 8 = 41April 7 = 21
April 6 = 22April 5 = 14April 4 = 42
April 3 = 20April 2 = 44April 1 = 46