Health Minister urges continued public co-operation in 2021; expects rise in Covid cases next week

Health Minister urges continued public co-operation in 2021; expects rise in Covid cases next week

T&T is heading into 2021 with low covid19 figures, but Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said he expects to see a rise in numbers by the end of the first week of January through to mid-January.

He said by that time, the ministry would have a good picture of what the country would be facing to start the year.
He asked for the continued co-operation of the public so that 2021 could be a much better year

“I see it continuing to be a challenging year. But challenges tend to bring out the best in people…
“We are going to be looking at these figures like a hawk from next week…If the figures are not too bad, then I think it bodes well for the rest of 2021.”

Even with a death on a last day of 2020, which took the covid19 deaths to 127, Deyalsingh said TT can be hopeful.

He expressed pride in health care workers, the people of TT, and the country’s leadership for its handling of the covid situation, adding that our per capita and case/fatality ratio were some of the best in the world as the global case/fatality ratio was around three per cent, but TT’s was 1.77 per cent.

Deyalsingh said the Prime Minister charted a course based on science, and the rest of the country responded, making it a team effort across TT’s society. He especially thanked the business and religious communities for standing with the government and obeying the regulations even though they were adversely affected.
The only problem, he said, were those people who believed they were immune to the virus “and continue to want to party and breach the regulations

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