Trinidad and Tobago Confirms First Case of UK COVID-19 Variant

UK COVID-19 Variant

[Port of Spain, Trinidad] –Trinidad and Tobago’s Ministry of Health has its first confirmed case of the UK COVID-19 Variant – Variant B117. The patient is a returned national who travelled from the United Kingdom.

As per existing quarantine protocols, the national provided a negative PCR test which was taken 72-hours prior to departure from the UK.

Upon arrival the national was immediately placed in state quarantine, in a single room. The patient was transferred to an isolation area at the Couva Hospital and Multi-training Facility once the positive COVID-19 result was confirmed.

The presence of the variant was confirmed via a gene sequencing study at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of the West Indies, which has been testing COVID-19 positive samples collected since September 2020.

Quarantine protocols for retuning nationals from the United Kingdom has been updated from 7 days to 14 days. This protocol will also be implemented and returning nationals from other high-risk countries. Nationals will be subject to 7 days state quarantine and 7 days home quarantine.

Research has suggested that this strain of COVID-19 is more easily spread from person to person than previous strains.

Recommended COVID-19 Safety Protocols

The public is reminded to follow these personal health protective measures:

  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when you go out in public
  • Keep your distance from others (6 feet)
  • Stay home if you are ill
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Cough into a tissue or into the crook of your elbow
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Sanitize hard surfaces (e.g. table tops, hand rails, door knobs and trolleys) as often as possible

 

 

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