After almost a month-long absence of COVID-19 on the island, Tobago now has three active cases of the virus after the Ministry of Health confirmed an additional case yesterday.

The confirmation cames from samples taken between November 23 and 25 which also saw 66 additional cases for Trinidad.

These new cases brought the total infected people since March 12 up to 6,570.

The ministry’s update yesterday also indicated that the total number of people to recover from the virus rose to 5,680. This after 25 people were released from its care; seven people were discharged from public health facilities while 18 people were released from home self-isolation as recovered community cases.

However, this disparity between patients to recover and new infections discovered meant that the number of active cases rose to 774.

The ministry’s director of the epidemiology division, Dr Avery Hinds said on Wednesday that average daily cases are rising as the rolling average now stands at 33; up from 22 over the previous period.

He also noted that this could lead to a significant outbreak of infections before the year’s end if citizens are not vigilant and responsible over the upcoming festive season. Despite the ministry’s numerous warnings, principal medical officer Dr Maryam Abdool-Richards said they are expecting a spike come early 2021.