COVID-19 testing

Rishard Khan

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The number of people who have died from COVID-19 in T&T has risen to 60, with the passing of two more patients yesterday.

The patients were one male and one female, both elderly and had co-morbidities.

According to the latest data provided by the Ministry earlier this week, deaths locally have been predominantly male, elderly and of patients with comorbidities.

The latest deaths solidified T&T as the CARICOM nation with the fourth-highest number of deaths from the virus. On Wednesday, T&T was tied with Guyana with 58 cases. At the top of the ranking is Haiti with 220 followed by Suriname with 95 and the Bahamas with 69 deaths. Guyana remains with 58 deaths.

However, the total number of active cases locally has significantly dropped after 655 people in home isolation were released by the ministry. The ministry’s 10 am update introduced a new category to its updates called “recovered community cases” which referred to people “who were previously COVID-19 positive and in self-isolation at home and subsequently met the discharge criteria.”

It distinguishes from those who were discharged after being treated at a hospital. The figure for this category of people went up to 814 after four additional people were discharged yesterday. Yesterday’s discharges bring the number of active cases down to 1,904.

There were, however, 107 new cases recorded but the ministry noted that this was not representative of a 24-hour increase as it included the results of samples taken as early as September 4. The new cases brought the total number of people infected with the virus since the country’s first case on March 12 up to 3,434.