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With 21 deaths, Trinidad and Tobago sees deadliest day for COVID-19

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Posted: Friday, May 14, 2021. 6:26 pm CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: The COVID-19 situation in the sister CARICOM country Trinidad and Tobago is worsening, with authorities reporting 21 deaths in a single day, the highest single-day death toll for the country since the pandemic began.

Trinidad and Tobago Newsday reports that the 21 fatalities were comprised of five elderly women and four elderly men with comorbidities; one elderly woman and one elderly man without comorbidities; three middle-aged women and one middle-aged man with comorbidities; three middle-aged women and two middle-aged men without comorbidities; and one young adult man who had no comorbidities. The country has also seen 87 deaths within the first 13 days of May.

The latest data from the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Health says that there have been 565 new cases reported within the last 24 hours and an additional nine deaths. The country has also seen a total of 15,379 cases, with 5,214 of those still active. A total of 9,900 patients have managed to recover from infection, while 265 patients total have died from the virus.

In late April, health authorities detected the Brazilian strain of COVID-19, which is notably more aggressive. Hospitals in the country are reportedly under extreme pressure, as the number of cases continues to climb.

Earlier this month the country’s government tightened lockdown restrictions in hopes to address the spike in cases, with Prime Minister Keith Rowley saying only businesses deemed essential services such as supermarkets, pharmacies, and financial services, in addition to the key energy and manufacturing sectors would remain open, for reduced hours, under the new restrictions.

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