The Ministry of Health confirmed an 11th case of the Delta variant in the country on Wednesday night. It comes on the heels of the discovery of three cases of the variant from among the population.
However, unlike these recent cases, the new find was an imported case. According to the ministry’s release, the person is a non-national who recently travelled to Trinidad from Mexico via Panama. While the ministry’s release did not explicitly state it, it is reasonable to believe the person is a fully vaccinated traveller. According to the country’s border policy, the only way a non-national can enter the country is if they’re fully vaccinated.
“The person was placed in isolation as soon as it was determined that the person tested positive for COVID-19. Contact tracing, testing and quarantining of contacts were also immediately initiated, in accordance with national quarantine protocols,” the ministry said. “The person will remain in isolation until the enhanced discharge criteria for persons with COVID-19 Variants of Concern is achieved.”
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), there have been confirmed cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19 in 185 countries. Research has suggested that the Delta variant is more easily spread from person to person as compared to previous variants (estimated to be 2 to 4 times more transmissible than the original Wuhan lineage of the virus). Additionally, evidence indicates that individuals who have contracted this variant may be prone to an increased risk of severe illness and hospitalization. This variant may also lead to an increase in cases of COVID-19 in younger age groups and in those who have been previously infected.