Health Minister blames Easter weekend activities for massive spike in COVID cases

Health Minister blames Easter weekend activities for massive spike in COVID cases

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh is once again warning people between the ages of 20 to 49 to be extra careful of their activities, following a massive hike in COVID-19 infections over the weekend.

On Sunday, the Ministry of Health’s daily COVID-19 update revealed that there were 134 new cases over a 24hr period and three deaths.

In an interview with CNC3 yesterday, Deyalsingh said the figure was likely caused by the increased activity and mingling over the Easter weekend.

He said “Up until yesterday, the rolling seven-day average was 61 cases. This 134 has pushed the rolling day average to 77. That is a massive increase.”

Deyalsingh told the media house “We have constantly said it’s driving this current upsurge, they need to re-evaluate how they are conducting themselves.”

He said that that age group needed to stick to the social distancing measures and ensure that they are masked.
“Because what this demographic is doing, as we have always said, they may not necessarily get very ill but they would take the virus home and infect the elderly.”

Deylsingh also stated that people should not get complacent or comfortable as “The only armour we have now is the public health measures, vaccinations would help but what we have noticed around T&T and other places around the world, once you launch a vaccination programme, people drop their guard.”
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