CAMILLE McEACHNIE

As of May 17th, Tobago recorded 35 new positive COVID-19 cases over the previous 24 hours.

The figure brings the total number of active cases on the island to 104 and not 94, as stated in the Division of Health, Wellness, and Family Development’s May 18th press release.

So says the Tobago House of Assembly’s (THA) Health Secretary, Tracy Davidson-Celestine.

Speaking on CNC3’s morning talk show The Morning Brew earlier today, the Health Secretary told host Soyini Grey the release was issued before the division knew of the 10 additional cases.

“The numbers are actually 104 (active cases) and not 94. We actually had 35 new active cases, but when the release went out, it did not capture the (additional 10) because those results came in after,” the Health Secretary said.

Davidson-Celestine said the number of active cases would increase as more persons came forward for testing.

Meanwhile, as of May 18th, there is an additional COVID-related death in Tobago, bringing the total number to five.

The Head of the Internal Medicine Department at the Tobago Regional Health Authority (TRHA), Dr. Oganna Okeke, announced the additional death this morning, on Tobago Channel 5’s morning talk show, Rise and Shine.