Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, St. Lucia record COVID deaths


Port of Spain: Trinidad and Tobago reported a record number of new infections of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as the twin-island republic also registered three additional deaths.

The latest bulletin issued by the Ministry of Health noted that 171 cases were registered in the last 24 hours, pushing the total active cases to 982. The number of people who have died from the virus is now 157.

The ministry gave no details as to the gender of those who have succumbed to the virus.

It also said that the number of cases reported reflects the samples taken between April 17-19.

In Jamaica, the Ministry of Health and Wellness Tuesday reported that 118 people tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, while the death toll increased to 738 with the addition of 11 virus-related deaths.

The new infections push the number of confirmed cases since the outbreak to 44 254. The authorities said that 69 of those infected are females and 49 males, ranging from one to 89 years.

The 11 reported deaths range from 45 to 94 years old, and the ministry also reported three coincidental deaths, 130 recoveries, and 311 hospitalizations — 24 moderately ill and 29 critically ill.

There are 23,236 active cases, while 15 people are quarantined in a facility, and 32,375 are in-home quarantine.

St. Lucia has recorded two more COVID-19 related deaths and two new cases of the virus. As a result of the deaths, the total number of individuals who have succumbed is 69.

“Death #68 is a 65-year-old male from the Castries district with underlying medical illnesses. Death #69 is a 68-year-old male from the Soufriere district with underlying medical illnesses,” a Ministry of Health and Wellness statement said.

It said the Ezra Long Laboratory confirmed the two new COVID-19 cases from a batch of 30 samples taken on April 16, 2021, and April 17.

The Ministry of Health has also announced the recovery of 14 COVID-19 patients. As a result, the total number of active cases is 85. However, one of the active cases requires critical care at the Respiratory Hospital.


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