Eight members of a Princes Town family are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and although only one has tested positive and has severe respiratory problems, none has been hospitalised.

The family, who requested anonymity for fear of victimisation, reached out to Guardian Media last Monday when a female member began showing signs of severe respiratory problems.

However, they were unable to get an ambulance and were unsure whether they should break quarantine to take her to the hospital.

Her sister said the symptoms started with high fever, headaches and body pains and after being swabbed at the Princes Town Health facility over the weekend she was ordered to quarantine at home.

But they said the ambulance never showed on Monday and around 7 that evening, they were instructed to take the ailing woman to the Princes Town Health facility.

By Wednesday, when her condition worsened, she was taken to the viral tent at the San Fernando General Hospital where she was given oxygen and intravenous fluids before she was sent back home.

Her sister told Guardian Media that it was strange that despite her condition, she was never hospitalised.

“She couldn’t breathe. She wasn’t eating and nothing solid was staying down. We gave her sips of coconut water but that is all she eat,” the sister said.

The family borrowed an oxygen tank to help her with breathing.

On Friday morning they said her condition improved, but her mother, niece, brothers and sister all fell ill. Two of them sought COVID tests at the Princes Town Health facility after experiencing extreme lethargy, high fever and body pains.

“I am the only one who can take care of my sister. Right now all she ate was a slice of bread. I need to get better so that I could care for her. I love my sister and I will do anything for her,” the woman said. She said hospital officials told her that space was becoming a problem at the hospitals.

“Right now it is eight of us in the family who are sick. We are still waiting for our results to come back,” she added.

The family is remaining at home in quarantine while the sister remains in self-isolation.