Expect a death a day.
That’s the warning given by Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh, as he spoke during Saturday’s media briefing in Tobago.
The death toll is now at 105, and Deyalsingh said that based on the current statistics, there may end up being one or two deaths daily.
However, on the bright side, Deyalsingh said, “We are averaging 30 to 40 cases per day, and when you take away the imported cases, we are in the late 20s to early 30s. That is a pretty good position to be in.
“It has been a team effort of all 1.4 million people. We did this together – members of the public, the business community, medical workers and so on.”
He warned if the public does not continue to comply with the public health recommendations, these numbers will “spoil very easily.”
Deyalsingh said “It may surprise people to know that we are now touching 500,000 new cases per day, globally. There are some countries with one million-plus cases and four countries with over 800,000. Those are not good global statistics. There is no slowing down at the global level.”
“In the TT context, if we continue with 30 to 40 to 50 cases a day, given our case fatality ratio of 1.77, it means we can expect one or two persons per day, unfortunately, dying from the disease.”
The majority of deaths locally have been elderly patients with co-morbidities and the Health Minister re-emphasised the importance of keeping the elderly safe.