Trinidad and Tobago declares state of emergency as COVID-19 cases surge

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Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Keith Rowley speaks throughout a gathering with China’s Premier Li Keqiang (not pictured) on the Nice Corridor of the Folks in Beijing, China, Might 14, 2018. REUTERS/Jason Lee/Pool/File Picture

Trinidad and Tobago will impose a state of emergency from midnight to comprise a rise of COVID-19 instances and associated deaths, Prime Minister Keith Rowley stated on Saturday.

Rowley additionally imposed a curfew from 9 p.m. to five a.m. native time, with some exceptions to important providers together with the vitality sector, supermarkets, and pharmacies.

The dual island state was experiencing a 3rd wave of COVID-19, Rowley stated.

Seven hospitals caring for COVID-19 sufferers are at a crucial stage of 73% total occupancy, Principal Medical Officer Dr Maryam Abdool-Richards added.

With a inhabitants of greater than 1.3 million individuals, Trinidad and Tobago has registered 15,375 infections, 5,214 of them lively, and 265 deaths, well being ministry knowledge confirmed.

Well being officers have cited a extremely transmissible Brazilian variant, first recognized in a Venezuelan migrant, as an element within the enhance in instances.

Some 60,500 individuals have obtained their first vaccine dose however only one,000 of those have obtained a second dose.

Our Requirements: The Thomson Reuters Belief Ideas.

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