Five more people have lost their lives to COVID-19, while another 215 people have tested positive for the disease, according to the latest update from the Ministry of Health.

In its update for today, Tuesday 26 October 2021, the Ministry notes that these latest deaths have pushed up the national death toll to 1,655 lives lost.

In addition, the 215 new positive cases, based on samples taken between October 22nd and 25th, mean that there are now 4,799 active cases of COVID-19 in the country, at this time.

Update courtesy Ministry of Health.

Currently, some 589,437 people in the country are fully vaccinated, having completed either a one-dose or two-dose regime.

And some 619,313 people have received their first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, as of today, Monday, the Ministry’s update reports.

The Ministry reminds the public that a person is considered to be fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the final recommended vaccine dose(s) of a World Health Organisation (WHO) approved vaccine or vaccine combination.

The Health Ministry also notes in its update:

● 317 persons are still hospitalised for COVID-19; down from 318 patients on Monday.

● 4,231 persons are in home self-isolation; up from 4,108 patients on Monday.

● 64 persons are in State quarantine facilities; down from 68 patients on Monday.

● 36 patients are still recovering in step/down facilities; up from 30 patients on Monday.

The health ministry also reports that 94.2% of the current parallel healthcare system are not fully vaccinated—some 4,178 from a total of 4,437—based on data from July 22nd to October 6th, 2021.