Opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissesser has said that a patient who tested positive for coronavirus COVID-19, has died at the Couva Hospital.

She made the announcement in a media release in which she called for a lockdown of the country for 14 days.

“A Covid-19 positive patient at the Couva Hospital has died. We extend our deepest condolences, and we must be cognisant of the serious implications and consequences which may follow,” she said in the statement.

Persad-Bissessar told Guardian Media that she was able to confirm the death but did not give any further details.

Asked for confirmation, National Security Minister Stuart Young said that the Ministry of Health is the official source of communication for the Government.

The Minister told Guardian Media he could not confirm the death, as he left the Parliament.

He told another Guardian Media reporter, “If a member of your family died, would you like to hear it through the media?”

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Roshan Parasram also did not return calls or reply to messages.

However, a senior member of the Regional Health Authority confirmed the death to us.

Persad-Bissessar called for the Government to implement measures for a nationwide shutdown of all non-essential services and businesses for 14 days, in the first instance, in light of the trends we are seeing in the Covid-19 pandemic.