Trinidad and Tobago has confirmed its first two cases of the COVID-19 Delta Variant of Concern.
In a media release Wednesday the Ministry of Health said the presence of the Delta variant was confirmed via gene sequencing at the laboratory of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of the West Indies.
It said this laboratory has been testing COVID-19 positive samples from Trinidad and Tobago and other CARICOM member states since September 2020.
The Ministry said the first patient is a recently returned national who travelled to Trinidad from the United States.
It said the second patient is a recently returned national who travelled to Trinidad from Mexico (transiting through Panama and Guyana).
The Ministry said as per existing quarantine protocols, the nationals provided negative PCR tests (which were taken 72-hours prior to arrival).
The Ministry said the nationals were immediately placed into State-supervised quarantine, as per the protocol for unvaccinated adults.
It said as a result of the positive COVID-19 results from their seventh day swab, the persons were subsequently transferred and isolated in a state step-down facility.