COVID cases increasing in East-West corridor; rolling average also up tenfold

COVID cases increasing in East-West corridor; rolling average also up tenfold

Principal Medical Officer, Dr Maryam Abdool-Richards, said cases of the COVID19 virus have now increased in parts of the East-West Corridor.

Speaking at today’s Ministry of Health media briefing, she said the latest uptick of COVID-19 in T&T is now affecting more areas as last month, clusters of cases were noted in the counties of Caroni in Central Trinidad and St Patrick in the southland.

Dr Abdool-Richards said “The overall spread of transmission of the virus has been mapped by our epidemiology department and what we’ve noted over the past three weeks is a shift in the transmission of cases from the Central and South region, now into the East-West corridor. It means that we are now seeing a national transmission of the Covid19 virus throughout the country…”

She said the rolling average number of cases per day has also increased considerably.

According to Dr Abdool-Richards, the rolling average was approximately 3 at the beginning of the year and held constant until about three weeks ago. But this week the rolling average has increased tenfold from 3 to 30.

She also indicated that from the start of the year to now, hospital occupancy for the virus has increased from 2% to 12-13%.

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