Trinidad and Tobago recorded its 7th COVID-19 death on Sunday, the victim, a resident of sister isle, Tobago. The Ministry of Health explained that the elderly gentleman had a pre-existing medical condition.

Trinidad and Tobago currently has 104 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 821 samples have been sent to CARPHA for testing.

The Ministry of Health reminds the public that COVID-19 can be spread by touching surfaces that are contaminated with the novel coronavirus. It is important to regularly sanitise commonly touched surfaces (e.g. table-tops, handrails, doorknobs and trolleys).  If dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to sanitisation.  A simple solution of 1/3 cup of household bleach to one gallon of water is quite effective.

The important elements of sanitisation are disinfecting frequently and thoroughly, and using the cleaning product correctly.

The public is also strongly advised to take the following personal hygiene measures to protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19:

*   Wash your hands properly with soap and water

*   Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze

*   Avoid touching your face 

*   Stay home if you are ill

*   Avoid close contact with people who have flu-like symptoms

*   Practise social distancing 

     –   No kissing, hugging or handshaking, and avoid unnecessary gatherings

     –   Maintain at least 2 metres (approximately 6 feet) distance between yourself and others, especially anyone who is coughing or showing signs of flu-like illness.

Additionally, all public transportation vehicles should operate with windows open and limit their occupancy by 50 percent.