Virus Outbreak Indonesia

A member of Indonesian Red Cross receives assistance from a colleague to adjust his protective suit as they prepare to disinfect Cipinang Prison compound to prevent the spread of new coronavirus outbreak, in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, March 20, 2020. The vast majority of people recover from the new coronavirus. According to the World Health Organization, most people recover in about two to six weeks, depending on the severity of the illness. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

As of Monday morning, the Health Ministry reports the following:

 Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing for COVID-19 = 311

 Number of samples which have tested positive = 51

The Ministry provides the following update: forty-one (41) of these positive cases came from the group of nationals who recently returned from a cruise, (40 from the group of 68 nationals who returned together and one additional person, who was also on the cruise, but returned to Trinidad and Tobago separately, prior to the other 68.)

Additionally, all 51 cases had a history of recent travel.

The Ministry of Health confirms that all positive COVID-19 cases, thus far, have been imported.

The Ministry of Health urges the public to practice Social Distancing, by putting a space between yourself and others.

Maintain at least 2 metres (6 feet) distance between yourself and others, especially anyone who is coughing or showing signs of illness.

Social Distancing is a tool public health officials recommend to slow the spread of a disease that is being passed from person to person.

This means that if persons stay far enough away from each other, the virus cannot spread from one person to another.

The public is also urged to take the following personal hygiene measures to protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19:

 Wash your hands properly with soap and water o Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if water and soap are not available

 Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze o Dispose of tissue immediately after using

o Cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow if you do not have a tissue  Avoid touching your face

 Sanitize hard surfaces (e.g. tabletops, handrails, doorknobs and trolleys) as often as possible.

 Avoid close contact with people who have flu-like symptoms  Stay home if you are ill


Eleven more people have died of Covid-19.

The May death toll of 66 people includes the tragedy of two sisters dying days apart, a police officer and a Point Fortin Borough Corporation driver, among others.

COVID-19 claimed the life of a 49-year-old acting inspector of police yesterday bringing the total to two police officers who have died as a result of the on-going pandemic this month alone.

Dozens of people rushed to public healthcare facilities across the East-West Corridor yesterday to get tested for Covid-19 as the virus continued its aggressive spread.

As Covid-19 cases continue to sky-rocket, the Ministry of Health has taken steps to increase bed capacity at hospitals and step-down facilities to ensure sufficient space is available to treat Covid-19 patients.