Trinidad and Tobago has recorded its 53rd case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

However, this latest case had no travel history and would have contracted the infection from coming into contact with a relative who did have such history and had contracted the virus.

According to a release sent out by the Ministry of Health minutes before a press conference at its Park Street, Port-of-Spain headquarters on Tuesday, the person “is a primary contact of an existing recent imported case.”

This latest patient is the second new case reported by the ministry for Tuesday.

The other patient who also tested positive had a recent travel history and returned home recently via a flight that landed in Tobago. According to the ministry’s release, “the person was isolated immediately upon disembarking the aircraft at the ANR Robinson International Airport and is being treated in isolation in Scarborough, Tobago. Contact tracing was initiated.”

These cases bring T&T’s figure to 53 confirmed cases while 332 samples were submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing. The other 52 cases were imported cases – people who contracted the infection while outside of the country.

Reporter: Rishard Khan