Tobago has recorded its first case of the Gamma variant of COVID-19.
In an update posted this afternoon by the Division of Health, Acting County Medical Officer, Dr Tiffany Hoyte, warned that the Gamma variant’s circulation is contributing to the rise in cases.
Furthermore, she said, since the variant is more contagious than the original virus, Tobago is expecting more cases and more deaths.
She believes the key to preventing hospitalizations and saving lives is vaccination combined with masks, social distancing and hand washing.
The Division says, along with the Tobago Regional Health Authority, it is ramping up testing for Variants of Concern.
The earliest documented sample of the Gamma variant came from Brazil in November 2020.
It is one of four Variants of Concern alongside Alpha, Beta and Delta.