Health Minister: All 63 surveillance tests negative

Story by CHESTER SAMBRANO

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh says 63 surveillance tests were done since last Tuesday and all have returned negative for COVID-19.

Two weeks ago, the minster announced that one health centre in each county will be selected and anyone showing any COVID-19 symptoms will be tested.

Speaking at a news conference this morning Minister Deyalsingh said:

“What is a significant development are the 63 surveillance tests, all negative.”

The minister also revealed that 37 people have been discharged to date, nine of whom were sent home last evening.

A total of 1,195 unique tests have been completed and 115 have come back positive.

There are nine people at the Caura Hospital; who are said to be stable, 23 in Couva; all ambulatory.

At the Brooklyn facility in Sangre Grande, there are now 16 patients and at the Home of Football in Couva, 22 people with no symptoms.

Minster Deyalsingh said there is one suspected case at the Princess Elizabeth Centre.

Overall, he said, there are 109 persons being taken care of in the parallel health system, which was set up to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The local death tally remains at eight.

Yesterday, 33 nationals returned from Barbados and are being housed at the Trinidad and Tobago National Racquet Centre in Tacarigua.