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Flashback: Janruary, T&T Police Service, Police Academy, Passing Out Parade, of E,F,G and H batch of 2019, at the Police Academy in St James.

Rishard Khan

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The number of Trinidad and Tobago’s active COVID-19 cases hit an even 1,800 yesterday, as 197 cases were announced by the Ministry of Health – the largest number of new recorded cases announced at a time to date.

The ministry noted that the figures were not representative of a 24-hour increase as it included results from tests taken as early as August 29.

Within the announced cases were 87 police recruits from the Police Academy in St James. (See page 6)

In the ministry’s 10 am update, 43 of the infections among the recruits were announced while the other 44 came in the 6 pm update.

Speaking at the Ministry of Health’s virtual press conference yesterday, Technical Director of the Ministry of Health’s Epidemiology Division Dr Avery Hinds said: “Forty-three of these persons were actually in the Police Academy and therefore not out and about interacting with the public because they had already been identified as potentially having been exposed. They were tested and would be processed according to their clinical symptoms and their clinical requirements.”

The latest infections bring the number of COVID-19 cases in the country since the first case was recorded on March 12 up to 2,588.

There were six discharges yesterday, bringing the total number of people to have recovered from the virus locally to 749.

According to the ministry’s 10 am update, there are 1,462 patients now in home isolation under the continuous monitoring of the respective County Medical Officer Health (CMOH) offices. There were also 103 patients at hospital – 26 at Caura and 77 at Couv, of which five patients were in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 10 in the High Dependency Unit (HDU).

For the first time since September 6, however, no additional deaths were recorded and the fatality count remained at 39.