107 positive COVID-19 cases and 8 deaths in T&T

107 positive COVID-19 cases and 8 deaths in T&T

As of the afternoon of Tuesday, 7th April, 2020 the Ministry reports the following:

 

Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing for COVID-19

 

878

 

Number of samples which have tested positive

 

107

 

Number of deaths

 

8

 

Number of persons discharged

 

1

The Ministry of Health provides the following update:

  •          One additional person has tested positive for COVID-19 – Contact of person positive with COVID-19.

Of the total number of positive cases, 49 of these positive cases came from the group of nationals who recently returned from a cruise:

  • 46 positive cases from the group of 68 nationals who returned from the cruise together
  •        3 positive cases from the group of nationals who returned from the same cruise separately from the other 68 nationals.

The Ministry of Health reminds the public that COVID-19 can be spread by touching surfaces that are contaminated with the novel coronavirus. It is important to regularly sanitize commonly touched surfaces (e.g. table tops, handrails, door knobs and trolleys). If dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to sanitization. A simple solution of 1/3 cup of household bleach to one gallon of water is quite effective.

The important elements of sanitisation are disinfecting frequently and thoroughly, and using the cleaning product correctly.

The public is also strongly advised to take the following personal hygiene measures to protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze

o   Dispose of tissue immediately after using

o   Cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow if you do not have a tissue

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