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A total of 92 people have succumbed to COVID-19 locally after two additional deaths were reported by the Ministry of Health yesterday.

According to the Ministry’s daily update, the deaths were both males with comorbidities; one of them was elderly.

The ministry also confirmed 15 new infections, however, it notes that the number of positive cases reported usually reflects the samples taken during the last three days and not the last 24 hours.

Over the last 24 hours, however, samples were taken from 53 people bringing the total number of people tested for the virus up to 30,652.

Despite the newly confirmed cases, the total number of active cases decreased to 1,715 after 57 people were released from the ministry’s care; 15 were discharged from public health facilities while 42 were released from home isolation as recovered community cases.

This makes 3,303 people to have recovered from the virus locally since the first case was recorded on March 12.

The total number of people to have been infected now stands at 5,116. Speaking during a virtual press conference yesterday, Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram noted that seven of the more recent cases were imported from a group of 67 repatriated nationals from the United States.

There remained 105 people receiving treatment at hospital; 58 at the Couva Multi-Training Facility, 25 at the Caura Hospital, three at the Arima General Hospital and 19 at the Scarborough Regional Hospital.

There were also 39 people at step down/transitional facilities; 27 at the Claxton Bay Correctional Facility, 10 at UWI’s Debe Campus, and two in Tobago.

There were 44 people in state quarantine and 1,571 people in home isolation.