Sunday 27 September, 2020

Over 200 at risk of infection due to Tobago COVID-19 case

Trinidad and Tobago's Chief Medical Officer (CMO)Dr Roshan Parasram said a person who tested positive for COVID-19 and went to Tobago, may have exposed over 200 people to the virus.

Speaking at a media briefing on Monday to brief the public on COVID-19 measures, Dr Parasram said contact tracing revealed that the infected person had contact with over 200 people after going to Tobago:

‘As you all know, there was a particular case that would have gone to a hotel in Tobago. Out of that one case in Tobago, we have identified 222 primary, secondary and tertiary contacts.’

‘There are 204 primary contacts from one single case.’

According to reports, the person was tested for the virus in Trinidad but travelled to Tobago before obtaining the result, which later proved to be positive.

Dr Parasram implored the public to abide by the public health guidelines and wear face masks, distance themselves and stay home if feeling unwell.

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He added that ‘legal framework’ is being drafted to make the wearing of face masks mandatory in public spaces.

‘We are asking people not to wait for the legal framework to be in place, we all need to be on board with the public health guidelines, making sure we wear our masks in public spaces, sanitise as frequently as possible, we distance ourselves as much as humanly possible, and most importantly if you are ill that you need to stay at home.’

‘We have seen instances, just like the person in Tobago, where people did not stay home when they were ill and it increases greatly the risk of transmission of this disease.’

On Monday the Health Ministry reported that another person had died of the disease, bringing the country’s virus death toll to 12.

The Ministry said as of August 17 at 10 am, there were 413 known active cases of the virus in the country.

As of Monday, gatherings have been limited to groups of five or less and gatherings at beaches, rivers and other water sites have been banned. 

Dine-in services and religious events have also been suspended. 

Anyone who has developed symptoms of COVID-19, should call the hotline 877-WELL or 800-WELL (9355) for further guidance.

Anyone who is severely ill, should call the 811 (emergency hotline) or call ahead to the Accident and Emergency Department of the nearest hospital for help and go in immediately.

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