The number of COVID-19 cases in the Caribbean region has begun to rise.

As part of the national drive to safeguard the health of the Trinidad and Tobago population in the face of the global COVID-19 outbreak, the Ministry of Health continues to provide up-to-date information on the country’s status in this regard.

As of the afternoon of Tuesday, 24th March, 2020 the Ministry reports the following:

·         Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing for COVID-19 = 353

·         Number of samples which have tested positive = 57

The Ministry also provides the following update:

·         Four (4) additional persons have tested positive for COVID-19.

o   Case one (1) has a history of recent travel.

o   Case two (2) is known to have had contact with a person with a history of recent travel.

o   Cases three (3) and four (4) are two additional nationals who returned from a cruise but entered the country separately from the group of sixty-eight (68) nationals who returned from the same cruise.

The Ministry of Health urges the public to wash your hands regularly with soap and water or thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub if soap and water are not available.

Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands. Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.