Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Update #25

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MINISTRY OF HEALTH’S COVID-19 UPDATE #25

BEGINS

The Ministry of Health would like to advise the public that as at 12am on 4th April, 2020:

TCI CONTINUES TO RECORD NO NEW CASES SINCE OUR UPDATE AS AT 3rd APRIL, 2020. On 1st April, 2020 the case definition for COVID-19 was amended for TCI; a travel history is no longer needed to fit the criteria. Given the closure of the TCI borders it is likely that new case would be as a result of local transmission.

TCI suspected cases of COVID-19 increased to twelve (12): The twelve suspected cases are TCI residents returning from countries with local transmission, contacts of a confirmed case, persons presenting with severe acute respiratory infection (SARI), and persons experiencing relevant symptoms but no travel history. Two suspected cases continue to remain under hospital care and one suspected case passed away on 3rd April, 2020.

All twelve persons had met the WHO case definition for a suspected case of COVID-19, those currently in quarantine/observation are experiencing symptoms. Samples have been collected and sent for testing, and we are currently awaiting results.

The increase in suspected cases is as a result of persons (2) who are experiencing relevant symptoms but with no travel history. Both individuals met the case definition for COVID-19. And contact tracing is underway.

Persons under quarantine/observation (288)—The confirmed cases (5), contacts of a confirmed case (17), possible contact of a confirmed case (10), the suspected cases (11), symptomatic person/s under investigation (1), relatives/contacts of suspected cases or persons under investigation (23), persons travelling from highly affected countries (2), TCI residents (219). Persons under observation/quarantine are either not displaying symptoms or have not meet the case definition for COVID-19.

The increase in quarantine/observation numbers is as a result of the two new suspected cases, their contacts and residents returning to TCI. All individuals have been placed in quarantine status.

No new test results were received. 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.

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