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The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Trinidad and Tobago has crossed 200.

Eleven additional people tested positive for the virus yesterday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 210.

In its Covid-19 updates yesterday, the Ministry of Health reported that three of the latest cases were contacts of recently positive Covid-19 patients while the other eight cases were pending epidemiological investigation, which is done to determine the source of the virus. There are now 67 active cases of the virus, while a total of 135 people have recovered and been discharged from hospital.

The Covid-19 death toll remains at eight.

Between July 21 and yesterday, T&T recorded 73 new cases of Covid-19, 32 of which are “pending epidemiological investigation”, eight of which were imported and 33 of which were contacts of recent Covid-19 patients.

Government has insisted that despite the spike in cases, the virus is not “raging” out of control in T&T.

During a news conference on Wednesday, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said limers and drinkers were posing risks. Technical director at the Ministry of Health’s Division of Epidemiology Dr Avery Hinds also noted that at least three bars have been implicated in the spread of the virus from one person or group of people, to an unrelated group of people.

“A fair number of super-spreading events were noted among persons who had contact with a bar setting,’ Hinds said.

However, speaking to the Express via telephone yesterday, president of the Barkeeper’s and Operators Association Teron Mohan said the Association was “outrightly offended” by the “blame game” being put on bars for the spread of the virus. “The numbers speak for themselves. The numbers don’t lie. The population can go to the Chief Medical Officer or Minister of Health and figure out for themselves exactly how many bars versus how many other Government agencies had any kind of tie to a community spread,” he said.

“Just because a person stopped by a bar somewhere along the route of their day doesn’t make it justifiable for them to be blaming bars. More Government offices have been closed down in the last few weeks for fear of contamination and for confirmed cases being discovered in these places. Why are they not saying that the community spread is being caused by their Government agencies? A bar is not the only place that has groups of persons concentrated within its walls,” Mohan added.

TTPost worker

tests positive 

Among the recent Covid-19 positive cases is an employee of the Trinidad and Tobago Postal Corporation (TTPost).

As a result, TTPost’s head office at the National Mail Centre in Piarco remained closed yesterday for sanitisation.

In a media release on Wednesday, TTPost confirmed that a worker had tested positive for the virus.

“In keeping with the safety protocols, the National Mail Centre at Piarco will be fully sanitised during the closure and will resume normal operations of all areas, with the exception of the Finance Department, on Friday August 7, 2020,” the Corporation stated.

“All other offices will continue to provide normal services and customers will receive deliveries, including polling cards, pension, social welfare and NIS cheques,” TTPost assured.

General Secretary of the T&T Postal Workers Union David Forbes told the Express yesterday that the infected employee works in the Finance Department of the TTPost building and does not deliver mail to the population.

Given the increase in Covid-19 cases, he called on TTPost management to ensure that postal workers have a continuous supply of necessary personal protective equipment and that sub-offices throughout the country are regularly sanitised.

Covid-19 cases since July 21

July 21

2 cases (1 imported, 1 pending epidemiological probe)

July 22

2 cases (1 imported, 1 pending epidemiological probe)

July 24

1 case pending epidemiological probe

July 25

5 cases (all primary contacts of recently positive patient)

July 27

1 case pending epidemiological probe

July 28

6 cases (3 imported, 2 primary contacts of Covid-19 patient, 1 pending epidemiological probe)

July 29

2 cases (1 primary contact of Covid-19 patient, 1 had contact with Covid-19 patient)

July 30

8 case (5 primary contacts of Covid-19 patient, 3 imported)

July 31

5 cases (3 primary contacts of Covid-19 patients, 2 pending epidemiological probe)

August 1

4 cases pending epidemiological probe

August 2

9 cases (4 contacts of Covid-19 patients, 5 pending epidemiological probe)

August 4

12 cases (9 contacts of Covid-19 patients, 3 pending epidemiological probe)

August 5

5 cases pending epidemiological probe

August 6

11 cases (3contacts of Covid-19 patients, 8 pending epidemiological probe)

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