“In the new year we would also expect persons to come back to seek testing as before so when all these factors come together, within the first few weeks of 2022 we will be seeing a spike higher than before,” he said
Six more cases of the Omicron variant have been detected locally.
In a statement on Monday, the Ministry of Health said three of the cases were foreign nationals aboard an international ship which has since left this country’s waters.
Two cases were nationals with a recent travel history and the last case is a local with no history of travel.
These six cases have brought the number of Omircron cases overall in T&T to eleven.
Meanwhile, with COVID-19 cases currently surging at record numbers, fears were high that the new year would begin on the wrong foot entering this past holiday weekend as families were expected to gather to celebrate Christmas.
But with a nationwide shopping rush and gathering exceeding the ten person limit those concerns are now becoming a reality as the Medical Association’s public relations officer believes a further spike to be inevitable as he described the events as “truly disheartening.”
Dr Keegan Bhaggan told Guardian Media this spike will be exacerbated because people appeared to abstain from being tested in the leadup to the holiday weekend to join in the merriment.
He said this behaviour is also expected to continue into this upcoming New Year’s weekend.
“In the new year we would also expect persons to come back to seek testing as before so when all these factors come together, within the first few weeks of 2022 we will be seeing a spike higher than before,” he said.
Preceding the holiday, the Ministry of Health officials and medical experts warned that while places are open, vigilance needed to be maintained.
“The inevitable worsening that will bring in the new year will serve only to push the health care workers past our breaking point,” Dr Bhaggan said.
Yesterday six healthy people were among 25 COVID-19 fatalities recorded which meant that 112 people lost their lives since Christmas Eve.
It brings the country’s death toll up to 2,793.
According to the Ministry of Health’s daily update, the most recent deaths were 12 elderly males, five elderly females, five middle-aged males, and three middle-aged females.
There were also 175 new cases detected from samples collected between December 23 to 26. Overall, 90,004 people have been infected with COVID-19 in this country since March 2020.