89% increase in cases – County Caroni Covid spike leads to spill over into other counties

89% increase in cases – County Caroni Covid spike leads to spill over into other counties

Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram is calling on citizens to be more vigilant as the upward spike in Covid19 cases, which was centred in County Caroni, is no longer isolated to that area and is spreading.

Speaking at the Ministry of Health’s virtual press conference on Monday, Parasram said the cases that started as a cluster in Caroni are now spilling over into County Victoria (which spans Pointe-a-Pierre to Moruga), St Patrick (Siparia to Icacos), and St George (Arima to Port of Spain).

He said “What we are seeing is.. 70 cases over the last epidemiological week compared to 37 the week before representing and 89 per cent increase over that period. Thirty-four cases accrued over the weekend alone and 142 cases for the first three weeks of March versus 149 for all of February.”

He said “Although we have a cluster of cases in one or two counties, that can easily spread to the entire country in a short space of time.”

Parasram said “Remember, someone residing in a particular area and then going to work in another area, for example Port of Spain…people now at risk will be people all over the country.”

He reminded business owners especially to be more vigilant with Covid19 protocols such as sanitising hands and ensuring everyone wears a mask.

He said the ministry is doing its best to contain the spread.
But he stressed, “At this point in time, with the numbers going up, we need everyone to do their part..The virus doesn’t stay within a county. People move, and the virus moves with them.”

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