T&T confirms first COVID-19 related death
Trinidad and Tobago has recorded its first death in a patient who tested positive for COVID-19.
This was confirmed via a statement issued by the Minister of Health, Terrance Deyalsingh, on Wednesday night.
"It is with great sadness that I announce that a patient, from Trinidad and Tobago, who tested positive for COVID-19, unfortunately died today, Wednesday 25th March 2020. I offer my sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of the patient," he said.
According to the release, the patient was an elderly male with a pre-existing medical condition. Minister Deyalsingh further explained that this announcement was delayed in order to protect the victim's family.
"In deference to the feelings of the family, the Ministry of Health delayed the public release of this information so that the family would have ample time to receive and process this information. While this is a sad moment for all of us, we can only imagine how difficult this must be for the family. I urge everyone to take a humanistic approach and respect patient confidentiality and the family’s right to privacy at this time. Please allow them to mourn in peace."
Furthermore, he took the opportunity to remind the public to remain calm and diligently adhere to all the public health recommendations of the Ministry of Health relating to personal hygiene, social distancing, sanitization of frequently touched surfaces, quarantine measures and other advisories.
"I assure you all that, together, we do have the power to overcome this health challenge," he added.