The latest update from the Ministry of Health is confirming 17 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of active cases in the country to 564 patients.

This latest statistic marks a further reduction in the number of active cases nationally, as the figure for yesterday (Tuesday) stood at 573 patients.

However, the health ministry explains that the number of positive cases reported reflects the samples taken during the period Sunday 13th to Tuesday 15th December 2020, and not the last 24 hours.

In its update for today, Wednesday 16 December 2020, the Ministry also is reporting no new deaths from COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, with the national toll holding at 123 persons.

The report also points out that some 177 persons in the prison system currently are receiving treatment for COVID-19.

The Health Ministry also notes in its update:

● 27 persons are still hospitalised for COVID-19; down from 31 patients on Tuesday.

● 497 persons are in home self-isolation; down from 504 patients on Tuesday.  The ministry notes that of the 497 persons in home self-isolation, 177 are in the care of the prison system.

● 259 persons are in State quarantine facilities; down from 402 patients on Tuesday.

● 23 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 #575

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 16 December 2020. The population is reminded to rely solely on information from official sources, such as the Ministry of Health.

Update courtesy 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).