The twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago has confirmed its second COVID-19 related death.
The Ministry of Health made the announcement on Friday (March 27). The patient was an elderly man with pre-existing medical conditions.
To maintain patient confidentiality and to allow the family the space to grieve, the Ministry has not released any additional details.
Meanwhile in Tobago, a healthcare worker has tested positive for COVID-19, making it the island’s second case.
The patient, who works at the Scarborough General Hospital, has been isolated and is being closely monitored. As per protocol, the individual will be transferred to Trinidad to undergo additional treatment.
According to the Tobago Division of Health, Wellness and Family the hospital will be deeply sanitised and scheduled, regular cleaning and disinfection will continue, along with contact-tracing efforts.
At present, 453 samples have been sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing; 66 have tested positive for the virus.
Forty-seven of those who tested positive came from the group of nationals who recently returned from a cruise. One patient thus far has recovered and discharged from the hospital.