Caroni still has highest covid19 case numbers


A breakdown of active cases in different counties across Trinidad and Tobago. – Graphic courtesy Ministry of Health

THE county of Caroni continues to have the most cases of covid19 in the country. This was announced by Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram at the Health Ministry’s virtual press conference on Saturday morning.

He said approximately 25.73 per cent of patients are from there, with the Victoria district trailing with 25.15 per cent.

The lowest percentage is from Nariva Mayaro – 1.26 per cent, while St David/St Andrew have 18.89 per cent, Tobago has 3.34 per cent, St George Central has 8.87 per cent, St George East has 13.52 per cent and St Patrick has 10.47 per cent.

Phase two of the national vaccine rollout is underway and NCRHA (North-Central Regional Health Authority) CEO Davlin Thomas praised the authority for its “magnanimous support” so far.

He said within the authority’s facilities, there was an increase in the number of clerical workers since it implemented the WhatsApp appointment system.

Thomas said they receive around 100 appointments a day and currently have over 600 on record, with around 8,180 being made in total since rollout on April 6.

In addition, he said, from Monday the St Helena Health Centre will be added as one of the facilities at which people can register for and get the covid19 vaccine.

A man shows his arm after receiving the covid19 vaccine at Marabella Health Centre on Saturday. Photo by Vidya Thurab –

In the South, the vaccination process continues to be an “efficient” process, according to members of the public.

When Newsday visited the Marabella Health Facility on Saturday morning there were no lines or a mass rush of people but the few people praised how easy the process was.

One elderly man said, “From the take your name and go inside, it’s just three people you have to see through the whole process, first one takes all the details, second one gives you the jab and the last one makes sure you stay for half an hour to make sure you don’t have any adverse reactions and that’s it.”

Another said it was a quick process and “the longest part was waiting the half-an-hour to make sure you don’t have an allergic reaction.”

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