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Six people have died in the past 24 hours from the Covid-19 coronavirus.

And an additional 235 people have tested positive.

It is the worst single day for Covid fatalities since Trinidad and Tobago recorded its first death in March 2020.

On Monday, the country recorded five deaths on a day that Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley ordered a series of restrictions meant to slow the movement of people in a desperate attempt to slow the rate of infection to prevent the hospitals from being overwhelmed by cases.

As of this afternoon, the country had recorded 11,706 positive cases.

There are now 2,689 active positive cases, and a total of 185 deaths.

There are 264 people in hospitals.

Some 36 people are in step down facilities.

There are 227 people in State quarantine.

There are 2,154 people in home self-isolation.

Some 51,283 people have received the first dose of the vaccine.

A total of 196 people have been administered a second dose.

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Caura Hospital - Ward beds 98, ICU 2

Couva Medical and Multi-training Facility Hospital – Ward beds 150, ICU 18, HDU 38

Augustus Long – Ward beds 38, ICU 6, HDU 4

Arima Hospital – Ward beds 67, ICU 2, HDU 2

St Anns Hospital – Ward beds 10

Scarborough Hospital – Ward beds 99, ICU 2, HDU 5

Total number of beds for Covid patients 542

Number of ventilators in the public health care system - 90

It means that 48.7 per cent of the total number of beds have been taken.

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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.

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.

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.

NATIONAL flags across the country will be flying at half-mast today as former minister of energy and energy industries Franklin Khan is laid to rest.

Khan’s funeral will be held from 10 a.m. at Aramalaya Presbyterian Church in Tunapuna, with only ten people at the service in keeping with Covid-19 regulations.

A gift of 100,000 vaccines from China will make its way to Trinidad and Tobago from next week, says Health Minister Terrence Deyal­singh.

He added that some 33,600 AstraZeneca vaccines will also be arriving at Piarco on Monday from the COVAX facility.

Speaking yesterday at the Prime Minister’s news conference at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s, Deyalsingh noted that the World Health Organisation (WHO) had given approval to the Sino­pharm vaccine for emergency use.