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Derek Achong

The Ministry of Health has announced that another COVID-19 patient has passed away, bringing Trinidad and Tobago’s virus-related deaths to 34.

The ministry made the announcement in its evening update yesterday. In keeping with its strict policy on patient confidentiality, it only revealed that the deceased was an elderly male with co-morbidities (having more than one chronic disease or condition).

In the ministry’s morning and evening releases yesterday, it also revealed that 20 additional people had tested positive for the virus. However, it noted that the tests on the individuals would have been performed between August 28 and Saturday (September 5), with the results returning at the time of the release. Seven patients were also discharged between Saturday evening and yesterday morning.

According to the ministry, as of 6 pm yesterday there were 1,492 active cases, bringing the total number of positive cases since the start of the pandemic to 2,250. Of the total positive cases, 724 patients have been discharged after recovering.

In the morning release, the ministry noted that of the 1,477 active cases, at that time (midday) 1,326 were isolated at home, 109 were hospitalised and 38 were at step-down facilities.

It noted that at the Couva Hospital and Multi-Training Facility there were 78 patients, of which six were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 13 in the High Dependency Unit (HDU). There were 31 patients warded at the Caura Hospital.