CMO: T&T on verge of significant COVID-19 rise

Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram is cautioning that the country appears to be on the verge of a significant increase in COVID-19 cases.

It comes after an upsurge in cases were recorded in county Caroni over the past two weeks. This he said has led to an 89 per cent increase in COVID-19 cases and is concerning.

“What we are seeing is a rolling average of 10.28 over the last seven days, 70 cases over the last epidemiological week compared to 37 the week before representing and 89 per cent increase over that period. Thirty-four cases accrued over the weekend alone and 142 cases for the first three weeks of March versus 149 for all of February,” Dr Parasram said while reviewing the epidemiological data during a virtual press conference on Monday.

Asked by Guardian Media if this was the beginning of a third phase (or wave) of infections in the country, Dr Parasram said it is not clear cut as yet to make the determination and is considering it as part of the second phase.

“Irregardless (sic) of what you want to call it, it is a significant increase again looking upwards of 80 something per cent in terms of cases week on week and it really needs to be viewed by the public and the Ministry of Health as something of concern at this point in time,” he said.

Reflecting on the rapid doubling of a small number of cases at the start of the second phase, Dr Parasram urged citizens to do their part and remain vigilant against the virus.