covid-19

As Covid-19 numbers continue to increase, so too has the death toll from the virus.

Two new deaths were reported by the Ministry of Health yesterday.

Both patients were adult men with multiple comorbidities, the ministry said in its daily update yesterday evening.

This brings the death toll from the virus to 148.

Yesterday also saw the highest number of Covid-19 cases recorded in a single day since early March.

Eighty-five new cases were recorded, bringing the number of active cases to 630.

The ministry said the results were from samples taken during April 11-13.

At the beginning of last month, active cases had fallen to below 100.

One of the new cases is a recently repatriated national, the ministry advised.

Nineteen people have been deemed to be recovered community cases, bringing the number of recovered patients to 7,818.

The ministry said 474 Covid-positive people remain in home isolation, while 247 are in State quarantine facilities.

Five people are in step-down facilities.

The ministry said 66 people are hospitalised with five patients in the Intensive Care Unit and four in the High Dependency Unit.

Of the hospitalised patients, 20 are in Tobago.

To date, 118,602 samples (56,567 at private labs) have been submitted for testing and this country has recorded a total of 8,596 confirmed cases of the virus.

The ministry said 11,686 people have been vaccinated against Covid-19.

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Trinidad and Tobago is now under a state of emergency.

A curfew is also in effect, requiring citizens to stay in their homes between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., with exceptions made for essential workers.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley announced the measures yesterday, one day after the business community called for an state of emergency and curfew to be implemented in an effort to bring the Covid-19 case count under control.

Trinidad and Tobago is now at the height of the spike.

That spike, says Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Roshan Parasram, is T&T’s deadliest third wave of Covid-19.

He predicts that it’s going to get worse before it gets better.

Young people are most hesitant about taking the Covid-19 vaccine, while those aged 65 and older are more likely than any other age group to express interest in getting it.

This is according to data of a 2021 Consumer Economic Study (CES) conducted by Market Facts & Opinions (2000) Ltd (MFO) over the period April 14 to May 3, 2021.

Respondents were asked to indicate their perceptions of the Covid-19 vaccine, and whether they were prepared to be vaccinated.

The parallel healthcare system is at near capacity, even as hundreds of new Covid-19 cases are being reported daily.

Speaking at a news conference yesterday, Dr Maryam Abdool-Richards, Principal Medical Officer, Institutions, noted that more people are being admitted to hospital daily than those being discharged.

It is not easy being a parent during a pandemic.

Juggling a job, school from home and other responsibilities during the Covid-19 pandemic is continuing to take a toll on parents and caregivers, experts have said.