Two more deaths from COVID-19 have been recorded in Trinidad and Tobago—both are elderly males with pre-existing health conditions—bringing the national toll to 37 persons.

In addition, twenty-three new persons have tested COVID-19 positive, moving the national total of active cases to 1,506 patients.

The Ministry of Health has confirmed these latest figures in its evening update for today, Monday 7 September 2020, its most recent COVID-19 clinical update.

Other highlights from the Ministry’s update for this evening include:

Twenty-three (23) new positive cases reported show results from samples taken during the period August 28th to September 6th, 2020. Therefore, this figure is NOT representative of the positive cases over the last 24 hours only.

     –   Twenty-two (22) persons tested positive in Trinidad

     –   One (1) person tested positive in Tobago

The following is the complete clinical update from the Ministry…

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO COVID-19 (NOVEL CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE #445

Port-of-Spain, September 7, 2020:   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 population is reminded to source your information only from official sources, such as the Ministry of Health.

As of the afternoon of Monday 7th September, 2020, the Ministry reports the following:

Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the UWI and other local sites for testing for COVID-1925,400
Number of samples which have tested positive at public and private facilities in Trinidad and Tobago2,277
Total number of active cases1,506
Number of deaths37
Number of persons discharged734

The twenty-three (23) positive cases reported below show results from samples taken during the period August 28th to September 6th, 2020. Therefore, this figure is NOT representative of the positive cases over the last 24 hours only.

The Ministry of Health provides the following update:

●  The Ministry of Health regrets to inform the public that there are two additional COVID-19 related deaths. The persons are both adult males with co-morbidities. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 37.

●  Twenty-three (23) additional persons have tested positive for COVID-19.

     –  Twenty-two (22) persons tested positive in Trinidad

     –  One (1) person tested positive in Tobago

All established protocols have been implemented.

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).