With six confirmed cases of COVID-19 found in the Caribbean within the past two weeks, the Ministry of Health has reiterated that there is no confirmed case COVID-19 in T&T.
Up to Monday, 35 samples were submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing but none of the samples has tested positive for COVID-19.
“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 Ministry said.
Officials also said that CARPHA’s lab was the only one certified to test samples for COVID-19.
“Therefore, it is the only lab that can confirm the positive or negative results of the samples. The Ministry 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,” the Ministry added.
To date, a total of 45,202 people globally are infected with the virus. Some 39,219 (87 per cent) are said to be in mild condition, while 5,983 (13 per cent) are in serious or critical care. The World Health Organisation (WHO) says 111,817 people have been infected since COVID-19 was first reported in China, out of which 3,893 people have died.
In the Caribbean, one person has tested positive in the Dominican Republic, two in Saint Martin, one in Saint Barthelemy and two in Martinique.
Steps to prevent COVID 19
- Wash your hands properly with soap and water
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if water and soap are not available
- 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
- Avoid touching your face
- Stay home if you are ill
- Avoid close contact with people who have flu-like symptoms
Story by RADHICA DE SILVA ([email protected])