Trinidad and Tobago announces a state of emergency due to an increase in COVID-19 incidents.

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Trinidad and Tobago will declare a state of emergency at midnight on Saturday to combat a surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths, Prime Minister Keith Rowley said.

Rowley has enforced a curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. local time, with exceptions for public utilities such as electricity, supermarkets, and pharmacy.

Rowley claimed that the twin island state was facing a third wave of COVID-19.

Seven hospitals provide treatment for COVID patients.

Principal Medical Officer Dr Maryam Abdool-Richards added that 19 patients are at a critical point of 73 percent total occupancy.

With a population of over 1.3 million people, Trinidad and Tobago has reported 15,375 infections, 5,214 of which are active, and 265 deaths, according to health ministry statistics.

A strongly transmissible Brazilian version, first detected in a Venezuelan migrant, has been blamed for the rise in cases, according to health authorities.

While 60,500 people have received their first dose of vaccine, only 1,000 have received a second dose.

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