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Trinidad and Tobago now has cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus.

The Ministry of Health this morning provided the following update.

Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and UWI site for testing for COVID-19 - 9450

Number of unique patient tests completed 7864

Number of repeated tests 1586

Number of samples which have tested positive 207

Number of deaths 8

Number of persons discharged 135

The Ministry of Health provides the following update:

• Eight (8) additional persons have tested positive for COVID -19.

 Three (3) are contacts of recently positive COVID-19 patients.

 Five (5) cases are pending epidemiological investigation. All established protocols have been implemented.

COVID-19 Positive Patients in Hospital – (59). Five (5) new patients are en route to hospital.

Caura Hospital 43

Couva Hospital and Multi-Training Facility 16

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

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