Trinidad: Community Spread has begun — 53rd person tests positive

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Trinidad: Community Spread has begun — 53rd person tests positive

(TRINIDAD EXPRESS) — As of the morning of Tuesday, 24th March, 2020 the Ministry reports the following:

• Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing for COVID-19 = 332

• Number of samples which have tested positive = 53

The Ministry provides the following update:

• Two (2) additional persons have tested positive for COVID-19.

One (1) of these persons has a history of recent travel. This person was isolated immediately upon disembarking the aircraft at the ANR Robinson International Airport and is being treated in isolation in Scarborough, Tobago. Contact tracing was initiated. Additional information is available in the media release issued from the Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development, Tobago House of Assembly (THA) on 23rd March, 2020

The second new case is a primary contact of an existing recent imported case.

• Forty-one (41) of these positive cases came from the group of nationals who recently returned from a cruise, (40 from the group of 68 nationals who returned together and one additional person, who was also on the cruise, but returned to Trinidad and Tobago separately, prior to the other 68.)

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