Forty-one additional people have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the tally to 629 cases.

As of yesterday evening, there were 477 active cases, three of which are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

The Ministry of Health did not state whether the cases were contacts of recently positive patients.

In its daily updates, the ministry added that 179 persons are hospitalised and receiving treatment, with another 90 patients expected to be admitted to hospital yesterday.

Another 35 persons are being processed for admission.

Additionally, 144 patients were in step-down facilities last night.

The ministry noted a total of 16,051 samples have been submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and UWI site for testing.

Pupils end quarantine

One hundred and forty people have been discharged to date and the death toll stands at 12 after four new deaths were recorded in the past week.

Meanwhile, pupils of 11 schools that were closed due to exposure to Covid-19 have been given the all-clear to end their quarantine.

The Ministry of Health said yesterday the 14-day quarantine period for the pupils has officially ended and they have been granted clearance to be released.

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The news comes just in time for the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) exam which is to take place tomorrow.

The 11 schools were closed shortly after reopening for SEA preparation classes on July 20 after contact tracing exercises linked positive Covid-19 cases to the schools.

Among the schools that were closed were the Maraval RC School, Iere Village Government Primary School, Charlieville ASJA Primary School, Arima West Government Primary School and the Tacarigua Presbyterian School.

In a release yesterday, the ministry said pupils of all the schools have completed their 14-day quarantine and are free to move about once they have not received a positive Covid-19 test and are not showing any symptoms of the virus.

The ministry assured it has provided the necessary recommendations to the Ministry of Education to ensure the implementation of the required infection control protocols at schools.

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