T&T’s COVID-19 count is up to 74 confirmed cases as of this morning.
Of the 74 cases, 49 have come 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
- All this after a day ago the Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh, It is with great sadness that I announce that a patient, from Trinidad and Tobago, who tested positive for COVID-19, unfortunately died today, Wednesday 25th March 2020.I offer my sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of the patient.
The patient was an elderly male with a pre-existing medical condition.
- The Government has recognized that moral suasion has not had the desired effect, and in spite of repeated calls for good sense to prevail, it is clear that some have not listened.The key to getting ahead of the Covid-19 pandemic is early decisive action, which contains the disease before it can overwhelm the public health system.
We cannot afford to treat this issue lightly. The lives of our citizens are at risk, and every measure to protect them must be taken.
This is about putting citizens first.
We remain resolute that citizens must remain calm and keep themselves and their families safe, but the State must act.
In this regard, I strongly urge the Prime Minister to immediately institute a fourteen (14) day shutdown of non-essential services and businesses, to better protect our citizens.