Dr Maryam Abdool-Richards

Dr Maryam Abdool-Richards says in the past several weeks, there has been a slow but steady plateauing of COVID-19 cases and hospitalisations.

Speaking during a press conference at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s, Saturday, Abdool-Richards said the rolling average of cases has decreased and the hospital occupancy numbers have plateaued.

“We are seeing some steadying and there is a level of plateauing that has been noted within the parallel health care system over the last week and this is a consistent trend that we have noticed over the last two weeks,” she said.

Abdool-Richards said the rolling average has reached 326 as of Saturday and although the net number of hospital admissions has increased, because of added beds in the parallel health care system, the overall hospital occupancy rates have decreased.

But she warned citizens against becoming too comfortable too quickly.

“Let us please continue to ensure the resilience and the protection of the parallel health care system as well as the regular health care system by practising the three Ws: wash our hands, continue to wear our masks and watch our distance,” she said.

Technical director of the Epidemiology Division Dr Avery Hinds said the epidemic curve has continued its slow but steady downward trend over the past several weeks. He said the positivity rate, which is the number of people per 100 who tested positive has also declined.

“Looking at a monthly basis, June overall positivity has been around 35 to 36 per cent but that has been a decreasing trend of the last couple of weeks. The total numbers of positives coming out of every 100 samples is now decreasing from 43 per cent down to about 35 per cent,” Hinds said.

Hinds said there has been a continuous slowing of cases as the various restrictions begin to bear fruit.

“It is encouragement to continue doing what we are doing to continue that breaking force and slow of the epidemic at this time.”

12 deaths, 316 new cases

The Ministry of Health has recorded 12 additional COVID-related deaths in its update yesterday. The people were three elderly males, five elderly females, and two middle-aged men with comorbidities as well as one elderly male and one middle-age male without comorbidities. This brings the total number of deaths to 656. The Ministry has also recorded 316 new cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of active positive cases to 9,335. There are currently 454 patients in the hospital, of which 42 are in HDU and 16 in ICU.