The number of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Trinidad and Tobago remains at 113.
In the first of its three daily updates, the ministry also said there had so far been 1,141 samples taken, while 16 people had been discharged after fully recovering and allowed to return home. The number of deaths remained at eight, six men and two women.
Of the positive cases, noted that 52 had come from the group of 71 nationals who returned home from an ill-fated from the group of nationals who recently returned from a Caribbean cruise. Some 49 of the 68 nationals who returned and were immediately quarantined at Balandra eventually contracted the virus, while a further three of them who returned home separately also contracted the virus.
The ministry reminded people that COVID-19 is spread by touching surfaces that are contaminated with the virus.
As such, it noted that it was important to regularly sanitise commonly touched surfaces (e.g. table tops, handrails, door knobs and trolleys).
It also advised the public to:
1) Wash their hands properly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser if water and soap are not available
2) Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
3) Cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow if you do not have a tissue
4) Avoid touching your face
5) Stay home if you are ill
6) Avoid close contact with people who have flu-like symptoms
7) Practice social distancing (e.g. no kissing, hugging or hand-shaking, avoid unnecessary gatherings).