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First community transfer of COVID-19 in T&T!!! Trini-born principal, 36, dies in Brooklyn of covid19 complications

Guardian March 24, 2020

"Trinidad and Tobago has recorded its first case of community transmission of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

This means the person contracted the infection while in the country.According to a release sent out by the Ministry of Health minutes before a press conference at the Park Street Head Office on Tuesday the person “is a primary contact of an existing recent imported case."

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Newsday March 24, 2020

A 36-year-old Brooklyn principal, who was originally from Trinidad, died on Monday evening owing to complications from covid19, according to several US media reports.

Dez-Ann Romain was the principal of Brooklyn Democracy Academy in Brownsville.


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As of the afternoon of Tuesday, 24th March, 2020 the Ministry reports the following:

· Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing for COVID-19 = 353

· Number of samples which have tested positive = 57

The Ministry also provides the following update:

· Four (4) additional persons have tested positive for COVID-19.

o Case one (1) has a history of recent travel.

o Case two (2) is known to have had contact with a person with a history of recent travel.

o Cases three (3) and four (4) are two additional nationals who returned from a cruise but entered the country separately from the group of sixty-eight (68) nationals who returned from the same cruise.


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