COVID-19 pandemic in Trinidad and Tobago

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COVID-19 pandemic in Trinidad and Tobago
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DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationTrinidad and Tobago
First outbreakWuhan, Hubei, China
Index caseTrinidad and Tobago
Arrival date12 March 2020
(4 months, 1 week and 3 days)
Confirmed cases116[1] (2020-05-08)
Recovered103[1]
Deaths
8[1]
Government website
health.gov.tt

The COVID-19 pandemic in Trinidad and Tobago is part of the ongoing global viral pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), which was confirmed to have reached Trinidad and Tobago on 12 March 2020.

Cases[change | change source]

On 12 March, Trinidad and Tobago recorded its first case of COVID-19. It was a 52-year-old man who had recently been to Switzerland.[2][3][4][5][6] He was self-isolated before he began showing symptoms of COVID-19.[6]

On 13 March, a second case of COVID-19 was recorded by Trinidad and Tobago.[7] Two more cases were confirmed on the night of 15 March, bringing the total to 4 cases.[8][9]

On 26 March, the second reported COVID-19 death was an eighty-year-old male with pre-existing medical conditions. He was among the rescued cruise ship passengers quarantined at Camp Balandra.[10]

Response[change | change source]

On 16 March, Prime Minister Keith Rowley announced that the country will close its borders to everyone except Trinidad and Tobago nationals and health workers for the next 14 days. Additionally, bars were to be closed and the school closures extended until 20 April.[11][12][13][14]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Covid-19 (Novel Coronavirus)". health.gov.tt. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  2. "Trinidad & Tobago confirms first case of coronavirus (COVID - 19)". Dominica News Online. 13 March 2020. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  3. "MOH: One case of COVID-19 confirmed in T&T". looptt.com. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  4. "Jamaica Observer Limited". Jamaica Observer. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  5. Nanton, Sampson (12 March 2020). "T&T gets first case of coronavirus COVID-19". Trinidad and Tobago Guardian. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "T&T confirms first case of coronavirus". Trinidad Express Newspapers. Retrieved 12 March 2020.
  7. "T&T records 2nd case of COVID-19". Daily Express. 13 March 2020. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  8. "MOH confirms two more COVID-19 cases in T&T". looptt.com. 15 March 2020. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  9. "Trinidad and Tobago now has 4 confirmed coronavirus COVID-19 patients". St. Lucia News Online. 16 March 2020.
  10. "T&T records 2nd COVID-19 death". Trinidad Express Newspapers. Retrieved 2020-03-28.
  11. "Jamaica Observer Limited".
  12. "Trinidad and Tobago unplugged: Rowley closes nation's borders for 14 days; pubs to shut down". 16 March 2020.
  13. Nanton, Sampson (16 March 2020). "T&T shuts down borders, bars to be closed". Trinidad and Tobago Guardian. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  14. "Government ramps up anti-COVID-19 measures in T&T".