The Couva Hospital.

Rishard Khan

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The Ministry of Health has reported two more deaths from COVID-19, taking the count to 74.

In a statement issued yesterday morning, the ministry described the people who succumbed to the effects of the virus, as elderly males with other severe illnesses.

The total number of people infected since the first case was recorded on March 12 rose to 4,463 yesterday after the country recorded 77 new cases from the 173 samples submitted within the previous 24 hours for testing.

Despite the new infections, the total number of active cases decreased to 1,935 as 179 COVID-19 patients were released from the ministry’s care; 105 from public health facilities and 74 from home isolation who are now listed as “recovered community cases.”

The releases bring the total number of people to recover from the virus locally since the local epidemic began up to 2,454.

As of 10 am, there were 121 people receiving treatment in hospital the ministry’s morning update indicated.

There were 57 at the Couva Hospital four people in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and five in the High Dependency Unit (HDU). There were also four people in ICU at the Arima hospital of the five who were warded there. Caura Hospital had 45 patients, one at the Augustus Long Hospital, 10 at St Ann’s, one at Scarborough General Hospital and two at Scarborough Regional Hospital.

There were 12 COVID-19 Positive Patients in Step-down/Transition Facilities; four at UWI, Debe, and 8 in Tobago.

Meanwhile, the death toll from the coronavirus pandemic reached one million world-wide on Monday.

COVID-19 is killing on average more than 700 people a day in the US, which leads the world in both confirmed cases and deaths. With more than seven million confirmed infections since the beginning of the pandemic, the US accounts for nearly a fifth of the more than 33.1 million cases reported globally.