After all the warnings from government, Trinidad and Tobago has now found itself in a position it should not be in and is now ranked as the country with the fifth highest surge of COVID-19 cases over the past month.
This is according to figures from the Johns Hopkins University which have been quoted by a Bloomberg news report.
According to the figures in the report, TT has seen a 701% change in the number of new COVID-19 cases in the past month versus the month before.
In the month leading up to May 2nd 2021, TT saw 3,197 new positive cases.
Ranked by the change in newly recorded infections in the past month over the previous month, Laos came first with a 22,000% increase, followed by Nepal and Thailand, both of which saw fresh caseload skyrocketing more than 1,000% on a month-over-month basis.
Also on top of the list are Bhutan (909%), Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Cambodia and Fiji, as they witnessed the epidemic erupt at a high triple-digit pace.
India, which has been the centre of world media coverage ever since a startling surge in cases last month, is ranked 9th with a 516% change after recording over 7 million new cases in the last month.
“All countries are at risk,” said David Heymann, a professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. “The disease appears to be becoming endemic and will therefore likely remain a risk to all countries for the foreseeable future.”
According to the Bloomberg report, the virus is threatening the “developing world less equipped to curb it.”