Minister of Health Terrence Dayalsingh.

Following the easing of restrictions and reopening of certain sectors of the economy two weeks ago, medical officials will be carefully monitoring viral-related data within the next two weeks to determine if there were any adverse effects as a result of the increased movement of people.

According to the Ministry of Health’s epidemiologist Dr Avery Hinds, T&T’s rate of infection continues to plateau.

Speaking during the media briefing at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s, on Saturday, he said over the last two weeks there has been a very slow decline in the number of cases per day.

Hopeful they would continue to record this slow but steady downward trend, Hinds said the effects of changes made two weeks ago would now manifest among the population.

Hinds again urged the population to adhere to public regulations to sanitize, wear masks, and social distance as they move about more and more.

And as global COVID-19 infections continue to increase daily, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said the number of countries where the positive cases have exceeded one million, now stood at nine.

Warning the virus had managed to infiltrate micro-nations, he said it has begun reaching the furthest parts of the world as the pandemic continues to surge.

Claiming that some countries had been forced to convert maternity departments and other medical units into COVID-19 wards, Deyalsingh said, “T&T is doing very well. We are down to about 20 cases per day which includes those testing positive who have come on repatriation flights.”

Revealing T&T’s ambulatory wards and Intensive Care units were both 16 per cent occupied at this time, while the High Dependency Units remained empty currently, he said this was indicative that the country was doing remarkably well.

In the meantime, he said this improvement also meant health-care professionals could get some rest.

After signing thousands of exemptions allowing post-secondary students back into labs to complete their studies during the past two weeks since the prime minister’s announcement on October 24, Deyalsingh said he was concerned as more and more people had not been wearing face masks as they should.

Appealing to the population to recommit to enforcing the public health regulations as they celebrate Divali and Christmas, he urged people to avoid large family gatherings as the virus could easily spread.

Regarding reports that prisoners at the Maximum Security Prison, Arouca, had tested positive for the virus, National Security Minister Stuart Young confirmed 18 people had contracted the virus. He assured that parallel health services which had been set up since the virus began spreading, were in place and personnel had responded by relocating the infected prisoners for treatment.