As of Friday morning, the parallel health system has reached 70 per cent capacity- the highest number since the first case of COVID-19 was detected in Trinidad and Tobago in March, 2020. 

This according to Principle medical officer, Dr Maryam Abdool-Richards who said the Ministry of Health is adding 60 additional beds to the parallel health care system in the next 24 hours. 

She was speaking at the Prime Minister’s press conference on Friday afternoon. 

Abdool-Richards said since Monday, the number of patients that require hospitalisation has increased from 14 per cent to 18 per cent. 

This means that for every 100 people who contract the virus, 18 will require hospitalization. 

She said at the same time, discharges have decreased further to three per cent daily. 

This, she said, shows how ill people who have COVID-19 are becoming.

Reporter: Sharlene Rampersad