T&T has 104 confirmed COVID-19 cases; deaths now at 7

The following is the latest COVID-19 Update from the Ministry of Health…

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO COVID-19 (NOVEL CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE #76

As part of the national drive to safeguard the health of the Trinidad and Tobago population in the face of the global COVID-19 outbreak, the Ministry of Health continues to provide up-to-date information on the country’s status in this regard.

As of the morning of Sunday April 5th, 2020, the Ministry reports the following:

797 = Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing for COVID-19

104 = Number of samples which have tested positive

7 = Number of deaths

1= Number of persons discharged

The Ministry of Health provides the following update:

* One additional person has tested positive for COVID-19—pending epidemiological investigation.

* One addition death in Tobago has been confirmed—elderly male with pre-existing medical condition.

Of the total number of positive cases, 49 of these positive cases came from the group of nationals who recently returned from a cruise:

* 46 positive cases from the group of 68 nationals who returned from the cruise together

* 3 positive cases from the group of nationals who returned from the same cruise separately from the other 68 nationals.

The Ministry of Health reminds the public that COVID-19 can be spread by touching surfaces that are contaminated with the novel coronavirus. It is important to regularly sanitise commonly touched surfaces (e.g. table-tops, handrails, doorknobs and trolleys). If dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to sanitisation. A simple solution of 1/3 cup of household bleach to one gallon of water is quite effective.

The important elements of sanitisation are disinfecting frequently and thoroughly, and using the cleaning product correctly.

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