IF “X” marks the spot, red marks the spread!

At the daily Health Ministry virtual press conference on Thursday, a map was produced that showed, via red dots, the location of this country’s 94 confirmed covid19 cases.

Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Roshan Parasram, explaining the map, noted clusters of covid19 cases, particularly along the East-West Corridor between Port of Spain and Arima.

In fact, most of TT’s covid19 cases thus far are concentrated along the corridor, with the exception of the Seventh-Day Adventist church camp in Balandra, northeast Trinidad. That was where all of the covid19 cases from one cruiseship are quarantined.

The map is part of the Geographic Information System (GIS) technology used to locate covid19 cases.

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh and Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi were also at the press conference.

The map’s legend indicates five differently-sized red dots, with the smallest denoting one covid19 case, and the largest, five. One red star indicates five-plus. The only star on the map is in Balandra, where the cruise ship passengers are.

Other areas of Trinidad with red dots are Chaguanas, Couva, San Fernando, Penal and Siparia. In Tobago, there are two dots on the western side of the island.


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