Trinidad hits 1,000 COVID deaths

(Trinidad Guardian) One thousand people have died from the Covid-19 virus in Trinidad and Tobago.

The country hit this grim milestone yesterday, with the deaths of two more people.

The deceased patients were an elderly woman with co-morbidities and a middle-aged man without co-morbidities.

The Ministry of Health reported the latest deaths in its daily update yesterday evening.

For 2021 thus far, 873 people have died from Covid-19.

A total of 127 people died of the virus in 2020.

The death toll remained low in the first three months of 2021, with seven deaths recorded in January, five in February and three in March.

In April, 27 deaths were recorded, which was considered an alarming increase then.

But by May, the death toll had increased even more dramatically, with 326 deaths being recorded that month.

May also saw the most deaths in a single day, with 23 deaths recorded on May 18. The second highest figure in a single day was also recorded in May, with 21 deaths occurring on May 13.

The spike in deaths came amid an increase in Covid-19 cases, which was attributed to the increased activity and mingling of people over the Easter vacation period.

The alarming figures resulted in the Government taking the decision to reimpose restrictions which had previously been lifted, including the complete closure of restaurants and street vending.

But the restrictions seemed to have little effect in June, as new cases continued to increase and the death toll surged yet again.

With the country recording 352 Covid-19 deaths that month, June has been the deadliest month of the pandemic thus far.

Tobago has recorded 31 deaths since the start of the pandemic.