To infect a person and cause disease, viruses need to get inside individual human cells and reproduce.

The Ministry of Health is reporting five more Covid-19 cases this morning. In two of the cases, the source of the infection is unknown.

The latest figures are:

Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and UWI site for testing for COVID-19 - 7716

Number of unique patient tests completed 6145

Number of repeated tests 1571

Number of samples which have tested positive 169

Number of deaths 8

Number of persons discharged 132

The Ministry of Health provides the following update:

 Five (5) additional persons have tested positive for COVID-19.

 Three (3) are primary contacts of a recently positive COVID-19 patient.

 Two (2) are pending epidemiological investigation.

 Two persons have been discharged from the Caura Hospital.

COVID-19 Positive Patients in Hospital – (24).

Five (5) new patients are en route to hospital.

Caura Hospital - 23

Couva Hospital and Multi-Training Facility - 1

COVID-19 Positive Patients in Step-down / Transition Facilities – (0)

Intensive Care Units (ICUs) are hospital wards that provide treatment for people who are very ill. They are staffed with health care professionals who are trained in ICU treatment and the use of sophisticated monitoring equipment.

High Dependency Units (HDUs) are wards for people who need more observation, treatment and nursing care than is possible in a general ward but slightly less than that given in an Intensive Care Unit.

An Ambulatory Patient is able to walk about and is not bedridden.