The country recorded 331 positive COVID-19 cases yesterday, the highest number since June 25.

Back then, the country reported 346 cases. Since then, the positive cases reported daily by the Ministry of Health had been below the 300 figure.

That changed yesterday though. The 331 recorded cases came hours after the Ministry of Health confirmed an 11th case of the Delta variant in the country on Wednesday night. It comes on the heels of the discovery of three cases of the variant from among the local population.

However, unlike these recent cases, the new find was an imported case. According to the ministry’s release, the person is a non-national who recently travelled to Trinidad from Mexico via Panama. While the ministry’s release did not explicitly state it, it is reasonable to believe the person is a fully vaccinated traveller. According to the country’s border policy, the only way a non-national can enter the country is if they’re fully vaccinated.

“The person was placed in isolation as soon as it was determined that the person tested positive for COVID-19. Contact tracing, testing and quarantining of contacts were also immediately initiated, in accordance with national quarantine protocols,” the ministry said.

“The person will remain in isolation until the enhanced discharge criteria for persons with COVID-19 Variants of Concern is achieved.”

Meanwhile, the 331 new infections reported by the ministry yesterday, were from samples collected between September 19 and 22.

This took active cases up to 4,209 from Wednesday’s 4,082. However, of these, 3,523 were in home self-isolation, with 288 in hospital. There were 199 people to recover from the disease as the ministry released 182 people from home self-isolation as recovered community cases while 17 people were discharged from public health facilities.

There were, unfortunately, five additional COVID-19 deaths recorded, bringing the toll up to 1,437. The fatalities were an elderly male, three elderly females and one young adult male with comorbidities.

As of 4 pm yesterday, the ministry recorded 564,315 people as receiving their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, with 473,097 of them completing their regime.