More than 200 Trinidad and Tobago nationals will be returning home over the next two weeks.
At Wednesday’s Ministry of Health press conference, Acting Principal Medical Officer Dr. Maryam Richards said approximately 120 nationals will return from Miami today (Thursday 26 November), while another 120 will return from Barbados shortly after.
She said these two groups will utilise both State and State-supervised quarantine.
“The parallel healthcare system has to take in several factors and consider that these are nationals from high-risk countries, and so we have to have accommodation in the event that a large number of people test positive,” she added.
Dr Richards said at present, the parallel healthcare system is at 13% occupancy. These facilities include hospitals that manage Covid positive patients, hospitals that manage persons suspected of being Covid positive, state and state-supervised quarantine and step down facilities.
She also stated that the capacity for ward-level patients – those who are infected but are not experiencing extreme symptoms – is at about 14 per cent. The High Dependency Unit is at 19 per cent capacity and the Intensive Care Unit capacity at eight per cent.