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For the second consecutive day, the country recorded over 500 new COVID cases and double-digit deaths.

That news also came with more alarming statistics, as the Ministry of Health reported 43 more cases of the Delta variant in the population, including a pregnant woman and seven children.

Yesterday, the Health Ministry in its daily update revealed 509 new infections were recorded. This follows Wednesday’s statistics of 512 COVID cases.

The deaths continue to gallop with twelve patients losing their fight against the disease. Among them were four elderly males, seven elderly females and one middle-aged male.

Only two of those who died had no comorbidities.

The deaths took the national toll to 1,818.

Meanwhile, the Delta Variant of Concern which is already in community spread throughout the country has climbed with 43 people confirmed to have that highly transmissible strain of COVID.

The number of confirmed Delta cases in the country stands close to 200…at 199.

The 43 cases comprised 16 males, 17 females including one who is pregnant.

Thirty six persons who have the Delta variant have no travel history.

And seven of the cases are minors who the ministry said would have contact with asymptomatic or positive relatives.

Of the 43 cases, 15 were fully vaccinated, while 21 are unvaccinated.

Senior Health officials have been warning about the rise in COVID cases in the country and have continued to lobby and plead with citizens to get vaccinated.

Meanwhile, the number of fully vaccinated citizens climbed to 623, 206 yesterday.

The third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine has so far been administered to 1,019 persons.