COVID-19 testing

Geisha Kowlessar-Alonzo

Two more people have died of the COVID-19 virus, taking the toll up to 53.

In it’s 10 am statement yesterday, the Ministry of Health said the two people were an elderly man and woman, both of whom were said to have had comorbidities.

A total of 49 new positive cases were announced yesterday with the Ministry announcing 26 in the morning update and a further 23 yesterday afternoon.

They took the number of positive cases up to 3,042 and the number of active cases to 2,217.

As at yesterday morning, two people were warded at the Intensive Care Unit at the Couva Hospital and five in the High-Dependency Unit.

There are 29 patients at the Caura Hospital and four at the Arima General Hospital.

A total of 1,929 people are under home isolation under the continuous monitoring of the respective County Medical Officer Health (CMOH) offices.

To date, the Ministry said there are 128 patients at state step-down facilities: seven at UWI, Canada Hall; 50 at UWI, Freedom Hall; and 71 at NAPA (used by health workers who have finished their tour of duty).

The ministry added that to date, 26,724 samples have been submitted for testing with 23,681 unique tests and 3,043 repeated tests.

The number of people discharged stands at 772.

The Ministry will host its regular news conference at 11 this morning.