COVID-19: Ministry confirms 50 positive cases in T&T
As of March 22, 2020, at 9.08 am, the Trinidad and Tobago Health Ministry confirmed 50 positive cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The statement is as follows:
Port-of-Spain, March 22, 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.
Thus, as of the morning of Sunday, 22nd March 2020 the Ministry reports the following:
- Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing for COVID-19 = 298
- Number of samples which have tested positive = 50
It should be noted that 40 of these positive cases came from the group of nationals who recently returned from a cruise.
The fact remains that all positive COVID-19 cases, thus far, have been imported.
The public is also urged to take the following personal hygiene measures to protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19:
- Wash your hands properly with soap and water
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if water and soap are not available
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
- Dispose of tissue immediately after using
- Cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow if you do not have a tissue
- Avoid touching your face
- Sanitize hard surfaces (e.g. tabletops, handrails, doorknobs and trolleys) as often as possible.
- Avoid close contact with people who have flu-like symptoms
- Stay home if you are ill
It is also advised that all public transportation vehicles should operate with windows open and, where possible, limit their occupancy.
The Ministry will continue to provide accurate information to the public in a timely fashion. The public is therefore urged to disregard and avoid sharing all unconfirmed, misleading and/or false information about COVID-19 (formerly Novel Coronavirus).