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T&T recorded 15 more COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours, pushing the country’s death toll closer to 400.

As of yesterday afternoon, 390 people have succumbed to the disease, with 221 of these deaths recorded during May 2021. May remains the deadliest month for the pandemic, eclipsing the total COVID-19 deaths recorded for the entirety to 2020, at 127.

During May 2021, T&T reported at least nine days with double-digit 24-hour death tolls, with Monday afternoon’s total coming in at the country’s fourth-highest number of deaths in one reporting period.

According to the Ministry of Health, all 15 people who died had comorbidities including two elderly females, two middle-aged females, eight elderly males, and three middle-aged males.

A Monday lull in cases

The country reported 250 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, resulting from samples taken from May 19 through May 23, 2021. While this is still a significant jump in cases, it marked the lowest daily reported jump in cases since May 10, 2021.

However, this number should not be interpreted as there has been a significant drop in spread. During the weekend, there was reduced testing, reduced staff at testing sites and laboratories. Historically, Mondays report lower than usual cases compared to the remainder of the week.

T&T’s total COVID-19 cases soared above 20,000 cases over the weekend, now standing at 20,267, with active cases at 8,150.

From the first confirmed COVID-19 case on March 12, 2020, it took 402 days to cross 10,000 total cases. It only took 26 days to cross 20,000 cases.

Deaths, record high recoveries, reduce hospitalisations

In the last 24 hours, 58 people were discharged from public health facilities, with 189 people considered recovered community cases. This marked the total recovered during the previous 24 hours at 247, marking the third-highest jump in recovered cases. Combined with 15 additional deaths, T&T’s active cases dipped by 12 and hospitalisations reduced to 455, the country’s second highest number of patients in hospital.

There are 148 patients in the Couva Hospital and Multi-Training Facility, with 17 in ICU and 5 in HDU, marking occupancy levels at 69 per cent, 94 per cent, and 10 per cent, respectively. All other COVID-19 positive patient hospitals in Trinidad, including the Caura Hospital, the Augustus Long Hospital, the Arima Hospital, the St Ann’s Hospital, and the new Point Fortin Hospital, are reporting occupancy levels on Monday afternoon between 75 per cent and 100 per cent.

Across Trinidad’s step-down and transitional facilities, the UWI Debe campus is reporting a 72 per cent occupancy, with the UTT Valsayn reporting a 65 per cent occupancy. At the Point Fortin Area Hospital, there is a 91 per cent occupancy. T&T’s military field hospitals at Jean Pierre Complex and the Couva Hospital are reporting occupancy levels at 100 per cent and 19 per cent, respectively.

In Tobago, with 98 active cases, there is a 42 per cent hospital occupancy with 16 COVID-19 positive patients in step-down or transitional facilities.