65 new COVID-19 cases were announced on Thursday.

Eighteen of these were announced this morning and 47 in the Ministry of Health’s afternoon update.

There are currently 867 active cases while 643 have been home quarantined.

The Ministry indicated that of t he 47 cases announced this afternoon, 27 were non-nationals currently quarantined under the supervision of the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force.

A total of 44 non-nationals have tested positive for the virus in phase two of the epidemic. The additional 17 of these were admitted to the parallel healthcare system.

As of the afternoon of Thursday, 27th August, 2020 the Ministry reported the following:

Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the UWI and other local sites for testing for COVID-19 22,576

Number of samples which have tested positive at public and private facilities in Trinidad and Tobago 1,476

Total number of active cases 867

Number of deaths 15

Number of persons discharged 594

The forty-seven (47)positive cases reported below show results from samples taken during the period August 19th to August 26th, 2020. Therefore, this figure is NOT representative of the positive cases over the last 24 hours only.

The Ministry of Health provides the following update:

These individuals pose no risk of spread to the population of Trinidad and Tobago.

This brings the total number of non-nationals testing positive for COVID-19 during phase two to 44. Notably, the other 17 non-nationals were previously admitted through the parallel health care system. All established protocols have been implemented.

Members of the public are reminded that they must adhere to the ‘New Normal’ recommendations and take the following personal health measures to protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19:Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when you go out in public. Keep your distance from others (6 feet). Stay home if you are ill. Clean then sanitize surfaces (e.g. tabletops, door knobs and cell phones).

Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Cough into a tissue or into the crook of your elbow. Avoid touching your face. If you or a loved one develops symptoms of COVID-19, please call the hotline 877-WELL or800-WELL (9355) for further guidance.

If the person is severely ill, call the 811 (emergency hotline) or call ahead to the Accident and Emergency Department of your nearest hospital for help and go in immediately.The Government of Trinidad and Tobago will continue to update the public via its official communication channels such as the Ministry of Health’s website (health.gov.tt), the Ministry of Communications Websites (moc.gov.ttandnews.gov.tt) and the relevant social media pages of these entities (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).

(Trinidad Express)

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