By Sue-Ann Wayow
NOW that Trinidad and Tobago is approaching the festive season with Divali this week and Christmas next month, there will be increased movement but the Ministry of Health is hoping that there will also be increase in Covid-19 vaccination numbers.
Technical Director for the Epidemiology Division Dr Avery Hinds said on Monday there has been an increase in Covid-19 positive cases for October and more than likely it will continue into December.
Speaking at the ministry’s Covid-19 update, he said, “We do note that there will be additional movement. We are seeing the additional movement even before now and we note that as we go into the festive season, more movement is expected. We also note that we have been providing guidelines on how to reduce the risk of transmission even as we engage in more economic activity. Those guidelines have not changed.”
Dr Hinds said he also hoped that as more movement takes place, that business places will be stringent in their Covid-19 protocols including keeping the mask on, frequent washing or sanitising of hands, social distancing and no over-crowding of spaces.
And the added layer of protection with getting a Covid-19 vaccine.
“We are hoping that even as we have additional movement, that we will have additional vaccination and we will have a breaking force applied to that increase applied to that increased tendency to transmission as people move about,” he said.
Dr Hinds added that the October increase may be as a result of more movement with the opening up of physical school and the operationalisation of businesses under the TT Safe Zone initiative.