Covid-19 Vaccine

As of Sunday, Tobago’s active COVID-19 cases stood at 47, the largest number of positive cases recorded on the Island since the start of the pandemic.

"The rapid rise in positive cases on the island is of major concern to all of us and we are required to be even more vigilant than before. Now is not the time to panic, but to be level headed and proactive" urged the Secretary of Health, Wellness and Family Development, Tracy Davidson-Celestine.

In a statement on Monday, she said: "Similar lockdown measures of 2020 have been implemented in this country again to help curtail the spread of the COVID virus.

While it is an extremely frustrating time for the public, it is also a trying and tense time for health services, the Division and the Government as we battle to create a balance between survival of our people and survival of the economy. It is in fact difficult to achieve both in this instance, therefore saving lives will always take first priority.”

She said that vigilance and patience is required.

"We also must learn from the experiences of our neighbours, there will be dire consequences if we allow our health systems to become overwhelmed. So far we have managed to continue with normal health services even while many countries cannot even offer the basics. If we don’t have the public support and buy-in, the separation of pathways that we now enjoy will become a thing of the past" she said.

She said: "There is light at the end of the tunnel, hope is just around the corner and members of the public must pay attention to the science, and recognise that this is the only way to chart course out of this pandemic."

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The Covid-19 death toll jumped again yesterday, with five added deaths being reported by the Ministry of Health.

The death toll from the virus now stands at 196.

The latest deaths included one elderly male and one middle-age male, both with co-morbidities; as well as two middle-age males and one middle-age female, without co-morbidities.

Pandemic tears.

Both Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh yesterday confessed to being reduced to tears in the face of their “disappointment” over “the response of the national community to pandemic restrictions” and the tragic consequences that flow from it.

The Government deepened and tightened its containment measures from midnight last night, announcing that with the exception of essential services the country goes into extended lockdown until May 23.

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has called on the Government to engage all stakeholders to form a united front to fight Covid-19.

“This is a time for humility and not a time for arrogance. The UNC and many stakeholders have been trying to assist since the beginning of this crisis, but the Government has pursued its own way,” Persad-Bissessar stated in a news release yesterday.