There are now 75 people infected with the more transmissible and deadlier Delta coronavirus variant in T&T as the Ministry of Health received confirmation of 26 new cases yesterday.

According to the ministry’s daily update, 25 of the cases had no recent travel history of which 12 were in contact with people exhibiting flu-like symptoms. The other 13 cases had no contact with such people.

One case remains under epidemiological investigation. The ministry said all Delta patients are in isolation and will be released once the enhanced discharge criteria, for those infected with a variant of concern, is met.

The Ministry of Health has previously warned that the Delta variant of concern appears to be widespread among the population. Confirmation of the Delta cases came from the University of the West Indies which screens positive samples via genetic sequencing to detect variants of concern.

The Ministry also confirmed 176 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday from samples collected between October 10 and 13. An elderly female with comorbidities also succumbed to the disease bringing the fatality count for the country up to 1,573.

Active cases decreased slightly to 4,178 after 204 people were released from under the ministry’s care. Of these, 178 were released from home self-isolation as recovered community cases while 26 were discharged from public health facilities
Up to 4 pm yesterday 605,384 people received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine with 559,820 of them completing their vaccination regime.

Reporter: Rishard Khan