Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh 

Trinidad and Tobago is reporting its first confirmed imported case of novel coronavirus COVID-19.

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh this afternoon disclosed that a patient had tested positive for the virus.

The patient is a 52-year-old man.

He flew into the country from Switzerland on Monday and self-isolated even before he began experiencing symptoms, said National Security Minister Stuart Young.

By Wednesday, the man began experiencing symptoms and his family contacted health authorities.

A test was done and at 2.45pm and it was confirmed.

Contact tracing, which involves locating all the people the patient was in contact with, is underway, and national security is supporting the effort.

All the passengers on the patient’s flight are being contacted.


Chief Medical Officer Roshan Parasram, right, addresses the media during a press conference to inform the nation of Trinidad and Tobago's first confirmed case of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

The contact tracing in being done using the protocols for tuberculosis, by Dr Michelle Trotman from the Caura Hospital.

Arrangements are being made to transfer him from his home by suitable ambulance services with all personal protective equipment, to the Caura facility.

His family members are also quarantined at home.

The patient’s identity is being kept confidential.

The man was described as having a "mild case" of the coronavirus.

Switzerland has over 800 confirmed coronavirus cases and six deaths.

The arrival of the virus had been anticipated for weeks, with the Health Ministry preparing a containment plan with the hope of delaying the spread, and preventing the upheaval that happened in others countries.

However, Wednesday’s declaration of the viral illness by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a pandemic set off a wave of fear across Trinidad and Tobago, with people panic buying supplies similar to the preparation for a coming hurricane.

Up to up 1.30p.m, Deyalsingh was telling the Express that reported of a confirmed case was untrue and that people had to stop spreading fake news, which was spread fear faster than the virus itself.

This week, Jamaica, St Vincent and Guyana announced confirmed cases with the Guyana patient, a woman who travelled from the United States, dying at hospital.

Prior to the announcement today, Deyalsingh said Cabinet had taken the decision to ban all cruise ships from visiting Trinidad and Tobago for the rest of the cruise ship season, in an effort to protect T&T from imported cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19).


A pandemic poll.

A total of 1,134,136 electors are eligible to vote in today’s general election at 2,210 polling stations in 41 constituencies.

How they exercise their franchise will decide who will receive the mandate to govern Trinidad and Tobago for the next five years.

A traveller from Trinidad, whose Covid-19 test results were pending, has become Tobago’s sixth positive case.

This as T&T recorded four new positive cases yesterday, bringing the total for the country to 279.

This brought the country’s active Covid-19 cases to 136, with 89 patients currently at hospital and up to yesterday afternoon, and 27 new patients en route or being admitted to hospital.

GOD, his wife Dr Sharon Rowley and those who prayed for him were given thanks yesterday as a reflective Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley addressed a Sunday morning church service in his constituency and admitted that in the past few months of his tenure, there were “very many days and weeks of stress”.

United National Congress political leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar appealed for peace during general election 2020 today.

Persad-Bissessar made the call as she spoke to the media before a motorcade through her constituency of Siparia. When asked about the stabbing of former UNC councillor Phillip Gonzales on Saturday, she said she wished him a speedy recovery.

As the Covid-19 pandemic rages, throngs of people have flocked to the Roman Catholic Church for food hampers and assistance, including prayer and counselling.