covid-19

Sixty-four new Covid-19 cases have been recorded by the Ministry of Health.

In its daily update yesterday, the ministry noted the new cases were detected in samples taken over a three-day period between April 13 and April 15.

One of the new cases is a recently repatriated national.

Additionally, 37 people have recovered from the virus, bringing the number of recovered patients to 7,880.

The total number of active cases now stands at 712.

Yesterday the ministry said 560 Covid-positive persons remain in home isolation, while 327 persons are in various State quarantine facilities. Eight people are at step-down facilities.

The ministry advised that 80 people are now hospitalised.

To date, 119,443 samples (56,567 at private labs) have been submitted for testing and this country has recorded a total of 8,742 confirmed cases of the virus.

The ministry said 15,425 people have received the Covid-19 vaccine.

Deaths from the virus remain at 150.

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Trinidad and Tobago has experienced the deadliest day yet with regard to Covid-19.

The Ministry of Health reported nine new deaths yesterday, taking the death toll from the virus to 224. It is the highest death toll in one day since the start of the pandemic in 2020.

The ministry said the latest deaths were three elderly males, three elderly females and one middle-age male, all with co-morbidities; in addition to one middle-age male and one middle-age female without co-morbidities.

Senators are double masking.

As the Senate met yesterday, senators were wearing two masks, a white N95 mask and over it, the black cloth mask.

Senate President Christine Kangaloo, at the start of the procedure, announced the “updated” safety measures specifically in the Chamber and in keeping with World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines. “Members wishing to double mask and members wishing to wear a face shield in addition to their mask will be permitted to do so,” she said.

TERRIFIED they may be Covid-19 positive, symptomatic people have been flocking to health centres as health officials rush to make room in treatment and step-down facilities around the country.

Several people who had Covid-19 symptoms had to wait almost all of Monday night under a tent at the health centre in Chaguanas.

Belizean Dr Carla Natalie Barnett has been appointed the Eighth Caricom Secretary-General.

Prime Minister and Caricom chairman Dr Keith Rowley made the announcement in a statement issued by the Caricom Secretariat in Guyana yesterday following a Caricom Heads of Government meeting.

Trinidad and Tobago can achieve herd immunity in six to seven months, subject to two important caveats, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh stated yesterday.

Deyalsingh was responding to an urgent question in the Senate from UNC Senator Wade Mark on the timeframe for attaining Covid herd immunity.

Deyalsingh said there must be public confidence in the vaccines, and the UNC ought to stop undermining the Government’s vaccination plan.