FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MINISTRY OF HEALTH’S COVID-19 UPDATE #20
The Ministry of Health would like to advise the public that as at 12pm on 31st March, 2020:
Since yesterday’s COVID-19 update, as at 30th March, the number of confirmed positive cases remains at five (5).
TCI suspected cases of COVID-19 decreased over the past 24hrs: The six suspected cases are TCI residents returning from countries with local transmission and contacts of a confirmed case (6). All six persons met the WHO case definition for a suspected case of COVID-19, thus they are experiencing symptoms. Samples were collected and sent for testing, and we are currently awaiting results.
Persons under quarantine/observation (291)—The confirmed cases (5), contacts of a confirmed case (18), possible contact of a confirmed case (14), the suspected cases (6), relatives/contacts of suspected cases (18), persons travelling from highly affected countries — UK, Austria & Spain (5), TCI residents (225). Persons under observation/quarantine are either not displaying symptoms or have not meet the case definition for COVID-19.
The decrease in quarantine/observation numbers over the past 24hrs was primarily as a result of test results received where individuals were confirmed negative for COVID-19, also the quarantine period for some individuals had expired.
There were eight (8) new test results received over the past 24hrs. The results confirmed that individuals were negative for COVID-19.
To date, a total of twenty-seven (27) test results have been received, with twenty-two (22) confirmed negative and five (5) positive confirmations. Persons confirmed not to have COVID-19, and their contacts, were moved from quarantined status and asked to continue following proper guidelines from the Ministry of Health. Those cases confirmed positive are in isolation with contact tracing aggressively continuing. The Ministry of Health takes this opportunity to remind the public of offenses committed under section 18 of the Emergency Powers (COVID-19) Regulations 2020 in regard to false statements/information. You do not have to be the originator of the statement/information in order to be charged under the law.
Please note the following definitions:
- A suspected person is someone who meets the case definition as outlined by WHO and CARPHA – and is experiencing symptoms.
- A person in quarantine is an individual on island who has come from infected country(ies) or may have come in proximity to suspected or confirmed cases – and have not exhibited symptoms.
Let’s continue to reduce the risk by:
1. Washing our hands for 20secs or more
2. Practicing social distancing
3. Prepare your home, office and other surroundings by following the advice of the Ministry of Health and other credible health agencies.
For more information, please visit the Ministry of Health website, www.gov.tc/moh/coronavirus; email: COVID19@gov.tc; or call our hotline numbers, (649) 232-9444 and (649) 333-0911, if you or someone you know has symptoms or signs of COVID-19.