There has been one new death from COVID-19 in Trinidad and Tobago, making the national total now 126.

According to the Ministry of Health, the person is an elderly male with pre-existing health conditions.  His is the first new death since Monday 21 December 2020.

The latest update from the Ministry also is confirming 5 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of active cases in the country to 378 patients.  These patients are to be processed for admission at the discretion of their respective County Medical Officers of Health (CMOHs).

In its update for today, Wednesday 30 December 2020, the Ministry explains that the new cases reported are from samples taken between Sunday 27 and Tuesday 29 December 2020.

The Health Ministry also notes in its update:

● 27 persons are still hospitalised for COVID-19; down from 30 patients on Tuesday.

● 305 persons are in home self-isolation; down from 324 patients on Tuesday.  Some 17 of these patients are in the care of the prison system.

● 169 persons are in State quarantine facilities; up from 133 patients on Tuesday.

● 41 patients are still recovering in step/down facilities; no change from Tuesday.

The following is the complete clinical update from the Ministry…

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO COVID-19 (NOVEL CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE #589

As part of the national drive to safeguard the health of the Trinidad and Tobago population in the face of the global COVID-19 outbreak, the Ministry of Health continues to provide up-to-date information on the country’s status in this regard.

The following is a clinical update as at 4 pm on Wednesday 30th December 2020. The population is reminded to rely solely on information from official sources, such as the Ministry of Health.

Members of the public are reminded that they must adhere to the ‘New Normal’ recommendations and take the following personal health measures to protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19:

●   Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when you go out in public

●   Keep your distance from others (6 feet)

●   Stay home if you are ill

●   Clean then sanitise surfaces (e.g. tabletops, door knobs and cell phones)

●   Wash your hands often with soap and waters or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser

●   Cough into a tissue or into the cook of your elbow

●   Avoid touching your face

If you or a loved one develops symptoms of COVID-19, please call the hotline 877-WELL or 800-WELL (9355) for further guidance.

If the person is severely ill, call the 811 (emergency hotline) or call ahead to the Accident and Emergency Department of your nearest hospital for help and go in immediately.

The Government of Trinidad and Tobago will continue to update the public via its official communication channels such as:

●  The Ministry of Health’s website (health.gov.tt);

●  The Ministry of Communications websites (moc.gov.tt and news.gov.tt); and

●  The relevant social media pages of these entities (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).