The Couva Hospital

The Couva Hospital. Photo: Dexter Philip

An elderly man who was among the cruise ship passengers quarantined at Camp Balandra and then transferred to the Couva Hospital after falling ill, has died from complications as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The Express was told he was an 80 year old.

He is the second fatality recorded in Trinidad and Tobago.

The first death was that of 77-year-old Hansel Leon, who died at the Couva Hospital on Wednesday.

The death was confirmed in a statement issued by the Health Ministry today.

The country has now recorded a total of 66 COVID-19 cases.

Two have died.

One patient has been discharged.

Due to their age, both deceased men were considered in the highest risk of not surviving the effects of the virus.

Researchers say that the overall chance of a person dying from the COVID-19 infection is less than one per cent.

However, the death rate is ten times higher for the elderly.

The risk is even higher for those elderly with diabetes, heart or lung problems and those with high blood pressure.

Leon was described by health officials are having pre-existing health conditions.

There are now more than half a million cases of COVID-19 worldwide and more than 25,000 deaths.

He had pre-existing conditions

In a statement today, the Ministry of Health said that despite the best efforts of the health care professionals, a second national of Trinidad and Tobago who tested positive for COVID-19 had died. This was an elderly gentleman with pre-existing medical complications, said the Ministry.

The Ministry of Health offered its condolences to the family who is, understandably, grieving this loss at this time. Members of the public are urged to respect patient confidentiality and to allow the family the space to cope with the death of their loved one.