The Ministry of Health Building in Port of Spain. Source: Klaas Vermaas, Flickr

THE Ministry of Health has recorded 70 new Covid-19 cases.

In its daily update yesterday, the ministry noted the new cases were detected in samples taken over a three-day period between April 10-12.

Additionally, one person has been discharged from hospital and another 23 people have been deemed to be recovered community cases, bringing the number of recovered patients to 7,799.

The total number of active cases now stands at 566.

The ministry said 420 Covid-positive people remain in home isolation, while 255 are in State quarantine facilities.

Five people are in step-down facilities.

Seventy-one people are hospitalised with six patients in the Intensive Care Unit and two in the High Dependency Unit.

Of the hospitalised patients, 20 are in Tobago.

To date, 118,2247 samples (56,567 at private labs) have been submitted for testing and this country has recorded a total of 8,511 confirmed cases of the virus. There were no new deaths reported yesterday so deaths from the virus remain at 146. The ministry advised yesterday that 10,360 people have been vaccinated to date.


Pandemic tears.

Both Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh yesterday confessed to being reduced to tears in the face of their “disappointment” over “the response of the national community to pandemic restrictions” and the tragic consequences that flow from it.

The Government deepened and tightened its containment measures from midnight last night, announcing that with the exception of essential services the country goes into extended lockdown until May 23.

The Covid-19 death toll jumped again yesterday, with five added deaths being reported by the Ministry of Health.

The death toll from the virus now stands at 196.

The latest deaths included one elderly male and one middle-age male, both with co-morbidities; as well as two middle-age males and one middle-age female, without co-morbidities.

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has called on the Government to engage all stakeholders to form a united front to fight Covid-19.

“This is a time for humility and not a time for arrogance. The UNC and many stakeholders have been trying to assist since the beginning of this crisis, but the Government has pursued its own way,” Persad-Bissessar stated in a news release yesterday.

NATIONAL flags across the country will be flying at half-mast today as former minister of energy and energy industries Franklin Khan is laid to rest.

Khan’s funeral will be held from 10 a.m. at Aramalaya Presbyterian Church in Tunapuna, with only ten people at the service in keeping with Covid-19 regulations.

A gift of 100,000 vaccines from China will make its way to Trinidad and Tobago from next week, says Health Minister Terrence Deyal­singh.

He added that some 33,600 AstraZeneca vaccines will also be arriving at Piarco on Monday from the COVAX facility.

Speaking yesterday at the Prime Minister’s news conference at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s, Deyalsingh noted that the World Health Organisation (WHO) had given approval to the Sino­pharm vaccine for emergency use.