TWO more people have tested positive for Covid-19.

It brings the country’s total number of positive cases recorded to 139. There have been eight Covid-­19-related deaths.

In its update Tuesday afternoon, the Ministry of Health said, “Two additional persons have tested positive for Covid-­19. One case is imported. This patient is a national who recently returned from Canada. The second case is pending epidemiological investigation.”

The ministry said the total number of sam­ples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and The University of the West Indies (The UWI) site for tes­ting Covid-19 was 6,174.

There are seven patients at the Caura Hospital while 124 people have been discharged.

On Saturday, Chief Medical Offi­cer (CMO) Dr Roshan Paras­ram announced the 137th positive case came from a group that had recently been repatriated.

More nationals returning this week

The Ministry of National Security noted in a statement yesterday that “over the past week, two large groups of nationals returned from Grenada and Canada; very few of those who recently returned went into, and paid for, State-supervised quarantine”.

It said the majority of those returning are in State quarantine facilities.

“We have had four persons who recently returned test positive for Covid-19. Three of these cases were from Grenada and one from the USA. A small number of serious medical cases have also returned.

“In the next few days, some 30-35 persons are expected to return from Suriname and other jurisdictions. Students who were in India, as well as some persons from the Middle East and UK, have also started returning.”

The Ministry of National Security said it was awaiting details on travel arrangements of those granted exemptions to return from the UK/Europe and the Middle East.

“These persons should begin arriving in Trinidad and Tobago in the next few days and their numbers will bring our State quarantine facilities up to full capacity.”

Government is working out the details and timing of flights to take T&T students to the United States, as well as to begin the repatriation of our nationals in the US, it added.

“Repatriation flights will be dependent on, amongst other things, the number of spaces available at the time in State quarantine facilities, as well as the number of persons who will pay for State-supervised quarantine,” it said.