(TRINIDAD EXPRESS) – The country’s youngest COVID-19 death was an 18-year-old with a diabetic condition. The patient passed away within the past two days.
Dr Maryam Richards, Principal Medical Officer – Institutions, acknowledged the death on Wednesday via a COVID-19 news conference as the youngest to have passed away due to the virus since its onset in March.
The country has recorded a total of 106 deaths.
“Our last death which was reported between the last media conference and this morning, occurred in a person under the 25-year age group. While this was an exceptional circumstance and the person had a pre-existing medical condition, this is a warning sign to our population that COVID-19 strikes all persons,” she said at Wednesday’s virtual media conference.
While Richards did not share a precise age to maintain confidentiality, the Express was informed that the patient was a teenager. Richards said that the case was a reminder that no one is immune from the virus.
“I will start by saying that we have to consider patient confidentiality practices. This has been the youngest death from COVID-19, while I am unable to give you the accurate age of the person due to patient confidentiality, I would like to remind the public that no one is immune from the morbidity or illness, death or mortality from COVID-19.
It is key to note that although the patient did have pre-existing conditions, this person was a very young patient in terms of their age group, as we said under 25 years of age, This person would have passed away between our two media conferences this week In closing we would like to express sincere condolences to the patient’s family,” she said.
According to data presented by the Ministry in previous press conferences, at least 48.5 per cent of the total number of COVID patients in the country are those suffering with co-morbidities.
Additionally, the Ministry’s epidemiological updates as of October 25 indicate that 13.5 per cent of all deaths thus far occurred in persons below the age of 50. 1 per cent of these were female and 12.5 per cent male.