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Two patients in the COVID-19 tent at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital.

Yesterday’s heavy rains which led to parts of the capital city being inundated with flood waters resulted in some businesses and institutions having to carry out mopping up operations as they waited for the waters to recede. Among them was the Port-of-Spain General Hospital.

A short video reportedly recorded by someone at the hospital showed water flowing freely through the COVID-19 ward.

In a release late yesterday, the North West Regional Health Authority (NWRHA) advised: “There was a brief flow of water into the tents located outside the Accident and Emergency Department, Port of Spain General Hospital, during the heavy rainfalls experienced earlier today.”

The NWRHA said the problem was immediately dealt with and clean-up operations had been completed.

“As a precaution, contingency measures have been implemented to mitigate against any further occurrence,” the NWRHA said.

Earlier yesterday, the NWRHA issued a warning about a false message circulating on WhatsApp advising that the third dose of the Astra Zeneca vaccine was available to anyone at the Paddock Area, Queens Park, Savannah.

“The NWRHA wishes to advise members of the public that this information is false. The Authority continues to administer primary third dose with scheduled appointments as stipulated by the Ministry of Health as follows:

° Sinopharm to persons 60 years and over three to six months after second dose or soonest thereafter.

° Astra Zeneca, Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson to persons moderately to severely immunocompromised regardless of age, one to three months after the final dose or soonest thereafter. These persons must have a referral letter from their physician.”