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One more person has died from COVID-19 the Ministry of Health confirmed in its updates yesterday. The latest death, the ministry said was an elderly female with comorbidities. The fatality brings the total number of people to succumb to the virus locally to 72.

The total number of people to be infected since the first case was recorded on March 12 also rose to 4,386 yesterday after the country recorded 24 new cases yesterday from the 86 samples submitted within the previous 24 hours for testing.

Despite the new infections, the total number of active cases decreased to 2,039 as 41 COVID-19 positive people were released from the ministry’s care; five from public health facilities and 36 from home isolation who are now listed as “recovered community cases.”

The releases brought the total number of people to recover from the virus locally since the local epidemic began up to 2,275.

As of 10 am, there were 106 people receiving treatment in hospital the ministry’s morning update indicated. There were 59 at the Couva Hospital five people in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and the High Dependency Unit (HDU) respectively. There were also four people in ICU at the Arima hospital of the six who were warded there. Caura Hospital had 27 patients, one at the Augustus Long Hospital, 10 at St Ann’s, one at Scarborough General Hospital and two at Scarborough Regional Hospital.

There were 112 COVID-19 Positive Patients in Step-down/Transition Facilities; 52 at UWI, Canada hall, 45 at UWI, Freedom hall, four at UWI, Debe, and 11 in Tobago.