Kalain Hosein

For every one hundred people in T&T, approximately one has been infected with COVID-19.

This remarkable statistic comes as the country reported 615 new COVID-19 cases yesterday.

However, this jump reflects samples taken during five days between May 7 through May 11, 2021.

This means a preliminary five-day total, more reflective of cases recorded during that period, can be taken from the last three Ministry of Health updates.

During the previous five days to date, T&T has recorded 1,697 cases.

If this rolling five-day period were to occur at today’s update, this figure could climb further.

T&T’s total COVID-19 cases stand at 14,417, with a record high of 4,588 cases considered active. Active cases include COVID-19 positive people isolated at home, in step-down facilities, or hospitals across the country.

T&T ‘s COVID-19 deaths climbed by a record-breaking 11 in the last 24 hours, taking the country’s death toll to 235.

This marks the deadliest day in the pandemic, breaking Tuesday’s record of nine deaths within a reporting period. May continues to be the deadliest month for the pandemic, with 66 deaths reported in the last 12 days, averaging between five and six deaths per day.

According to the Ministry of Health, nine of these deaths were people with comorbidities. These included three elderly males, three elderly females, two middle-aged males, and one middle-aged female.

The additional two that have succumbed to the disease were a middle-aged female and a young adult female without comorbidities.

Even with the rising death toll, T&T’s overall mortality rate of 1.63 per cent remains below the global average as of May 12th, 2021, of 2.07 per cent.