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Trinidad & Tobago with 90 positives for COVID-19; 621 tested so far

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Dr. Keith Rowley, Prime Minister - Trinidad and Tobago

Port-of-Spain, April 1st, 2020:   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 night of Wednesday April 1st, 2020 the Ministry reports the following:

  Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing for COVID-19   621
  Number of samples which have tested positive   90
  Number of deaths   5
  Number of persons discharged   1

Of the total number of positive cases, 49 of these positive cases came from the group of nationals who recently returned from a cruise:

  •     46 positive cases from the group of 68 nationals who returned from the cruise together
  •    3 positive cases from the group of nationals who returned from the same cruise separately from the other 68 nationals. 

The Ministry of Health reminds the public that placing your hands on your face increases the risk of contracting the virus. The virus can transfer from your hands to your nose and mouth, and then enter your body. Protect yourself by washing your hands often with soap and water or by using an alcohol-based sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, if soap and water are not available.

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

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

o   Dispose of tissue immediately after using

o   Cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow if you do not have a tissue

  • Stay home if you are ill, avoid close contact with people who have flu-like symptoms
    • Sanitize hard surfaces (e.g. table tops, handrails, doorknobs and trolleys) as often as possible.
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  • Practise social distancing

o   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.

It is also advised that all public transportation vehicles should operate with windows open and limit their occupancy.

The Ministry will continue to provide accurate information to the public in a timely fashion. The public is therefore urged to disregard and avoid sharing all unconfirmed, misleading and/or false information about COVID-19 (formerly Novel Coronavirus).

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PAHO Calls Americas to Increase Aedes aegypti Mosquito Control

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Rashaed Esson

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#PAHO#Dengue#Americas, February 23rd, 2024 – With nearly seven thousand cases of dengue and 102 deaths reported in the Americas as of early February 2024, the Pan American Health Organization is once again calling for stronger measures to control the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the main transmitter of dengue. These numbers indicate a 157 percent increase in cases over the same period in 2023.  In the first five weeks of 2024, Peru, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Costa Rica, French Guiana, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay reported an increase in cases.

 

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Dark Tourism Efforts in Jamaica – Colonial sites Preservation

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Rashaed Esson

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#DarkTourism#Jamaica,February 23rd, 2024 – British Colonial sites in Jamaica like Georgian plantation houses and slave infrastructure, are being preserved as slavery monuments to boost what authorities are calling the “Dark Tourism” industry. According to reports, Dark Tourism refers to tourists visiting places marked by historical tragedy. For Jamaica, the history of Britain’s 300-year rule will be explained at the preserved sites. Tourism minister Edmund Bartlett says work is being done with the ministry of Culture and the Jamaica National Heritage Trust.

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Bahamas as Caribbean top 2024 Spring Destination

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Rashaed Esson

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#Bahamas#Tourism, February 23rd, 2024 – The Bahamas has been categorized as the most popular Caribbean destination for travel in the upcoming spring season by travel insurance company Squaremouth, in a new report. It was the only Caribbean nation to make the list for the top 10 destinations. The report is derived from travel insurance purchases made through Squaremouth.

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