Terrence Deyalsingh, Minister of Health.

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh says if the parallel health care system becomes overwhelmed, COVID-19 positive patients will not be housed in the traditional hospital system. 

Speaking on Monday at the Ministry of Health press conference, Deyalsingh urged citizens to adhere to the public health regulations. 

He said whilst beds can be added to the parallel health care system, which currently has 542 beds in total, doctors and nurses are not readily available to treat patients. 

He said no hospital can be run at 100 per cent capacity for any length of time. 

He said the doctors and nurses operating in the parallel health care system are also being used for the Ministry’s vaccination drive. 

He said as of 1 pm on Monday, 2295 people had been vaccinated at the 29 sites across the country. 

Reporter: Sharlene Rampersad