One patient is in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) after being infected with the novel coronavirus (covid-19).
Chief Medical Officer Dr. Roshan Parasram made the announcement while speaking at a press conference to update the public about the Covid-19 pandemic, on Monday.
While one person is critical, five persons are warded in the High Dependency Unit (HDU) at the Couva Hospital. The five cases in HDU need oxygen but they have been warded in regular rooms.
Dr. Parasram said, “They are not ventilated at this point in time. They are not as critical as ICU.”
He confirmed that the other 45 who tested positive for the virus are being closely monitored.
He said the number of persons being tested has doubled over the past week, from 150 to 311, adding that testing has increased.
Thus far, all 51 cases in Trinidad have been imported such as the 41 persons (from the 68) who returned from the infected cruise ship in Guadeloupe. The extra 10 cases also had travel histories.
Parasram confirmed that 47 of the 51 persons tested positive for the virus are housed at Couva hospital.
Last week, Ministry of Health Terrance Deyalsingh said that Caura hospital will treat with mild cases of the virus while Couva hospital will treat with those whose symptoms have intensified.
As of 6:00am on Tuesday March 24, there are currently 52 cases on Covid-19 in Trinidad and Tobago- 51 in Trinidad and 1 in Tobago.