New treatments to combat flu*


The Ministry of Health is currently engaged in a robust, nationwide Influenza Vaccination Drive for the 2020 Flu Season (October 2019 to May 2020).

This campaign has been implemented to protect the population against the Influenza (Flu) Virus.

The Ministry reports the following, as of Friday, 20th March, 2020: -

The cumulative number of vaccines administered to the public for this flu season - 105,785;

- The number of suspected influenza cases for the 2020 calendar year (as of Friday, 20th March 2020) - 509 cases; (NB the number of suspected influenza cases for the 2019 calendar year was 3,854) -

The number of confirmed influenza deaths for the current flu season – 40.

The Influenza virus is serious and is generally more severe than the common cold. The flu vaccine is available, at no cost, at all health centres. Persons in the following groups are particularly vulnerable to the virus and are urged to get the flu vaccine:

 Children aged 6 months to 5 years;

 Pregnant women;  Adults over 65;

 People with chronic medical conditions (such as Diabetes Mellitus);

 People with chronic respiratory illnesses (such as Asthma).

Persons in the health care workforce and essential services are also encouraged to get the flu vaccine.

Members of the public are advised to contact their nearest health centre to confirm the dates and times that vaccines are distributed.

Additionally, the Ministry reports the following information on the Novel Coronavirus, as at 3:00a.m., Monday, 23rd March 2020: -

The accumulated total number of flights screened –2,122 -

The accumulated total number of passengers and airline crew members screened -152,070 

The Ministry continues to advise the population to take the following necessary personal health precautions to protect themselves and their families from the Influenza virus and other diseases:

 Wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub;

 Avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way;

 Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs;

 Where possible, avoid close contact with sick people;

 While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them;

 Cover the nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. After using a tissue, throw it in the bin and wash hands thoroughly.


The current shutdown of non-essen­tial businesses and other restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19 can “possibly” be exten­ded beyond April 15.

So said Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday as he lamented that Trinidad and Tobago’s COVID-19 situation is expected to wor­sen in the coming weeks.

BARS, private members clubs, ­casinos, gaming and betting facilities and cinemas will remain closed until April 30.

This according to a new Regulation—The Public Health Novel Coronavirus No 7 Regulation, which was released yesterday and which extends the prohibition on certain activities from April 15 to April 30.

AT least four people born in Trinidad and Tobago have died from complications relating to coronavirus disease COVID-19 in New York, a US state now considered the global epicentre of the pandemic.

WALKING to the grocery, fast food outlet or work is fine, but sitting down in public just watching the world go by will result in a stern talking to by the police and they will not leave until you get up.

PEOPLE who have the COVID-19 coronavirus can die if they wait too long to seek help and their symptoms worsen, says Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram.