Covid-19

THE Covid-19 virus has taken 25 more lives.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Covid-19 death toll now stands at 2,115.

The Ministry of health reported the deaths in yesterday’s clinical update as follows:

13 elderly men

3 elderly women

6 middle-aged men

3 middle-aged women

The ministry said 16 of the deceased patients had multiple comorbidities, including diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, kidney disease, asthma, lung disease and a history of strokes.

Five patients had a single comorbidity, namely diabetes, dementia, hypertension or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Four patients had no known medical condition.

A total of 419 people have lost their lives to the virus this month so far.

The ministry also reported 456 additional positive cases of Covid-19, increasing total cases to 70,136.

This month, 12,807 people have tested positive for the virus.

Of the 10,477 active cases of the virus, 9,304 are in home self-isolation, 543 are hospitalised, 174 are in step-down facilities and 82 are in State quarantine facilities.

The ministry said 94 patients are at Couva Hospital- 20 in the intensive care unit (ICU) and 31 in the high dependency unit (HDU).

Four patients are in Tobago’s Covid-19 ICU.

The total number of recovered patients increased to 57,573 yesterday, as 64 people were discharged from public health facilities and 232 others were released from home self-isolation.

Thus far, 643,361 people have received the first dose of a two-dose vaccine (AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, Pfizer BioNTech) and 42,728 people have received the single dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

A total of 641,799 people are fully vaccinated while 21,611 have been administered an additional primary dose of the vaccine.

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It comes on the heels of Abdullah being charged on Monday for leading a march around the Queen’s Park Savannah without permission from the acting police commissioner.

Tourism stakeholders in Tobago are calling for beaches to be opened longer than up to 2 p.m.

Visitors from the UK are also calling for the beaches to be opened longer.

UK citizen Simon Laidler, who told the Express he was surprised by the beach restrictions, arrived on the recent British Airways flight that landed at the ANR Robinson International Airport.

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has called for a probe into the use of tear gas by the police on protesters as well as the Prime Minister’s confession that he breached the law when he drank alcohol in public.

Persad-Bissessar raised these issues at the United National Congress (UNC) virtual meeting on Monday night.

UP to January 17, 2022, a total of 121 Covid-19-positive people had breached their home quarantine orders, and were reported to the Ministry of Health.

Disclosing the figure in the Senate yesterday, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh did not say how many quarantine-breakers were charged, but added that “the requisite action was taken by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service”.

As new positive cases and Covid-19 deaths continue to rise, Tobago House of Assembly Secretary of Health, Wellness and Social Protection Dr Faith B.Yisrael has met with the island’s Covid-19 Task Force.

The Division said in a statement on Monday that B.Yisrael met with stakeholders via a closed virtual meeting to discuss Tobago’s way forward in managing the spread of the virus.

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