The national COVID-19 death toll now stands at 3,603 lives lost with the deaths of seven more people—six elderly men, three elderly women and one middle-aged man—according to the latest update from the Ministry of Health.

Three of the seven had multiple comorbidities while one person had only one comorbidity, and three persons had no known medical condition.

Among the comorbidities present in the deceased were Diabetes, Hypertension, Heart Disease, Chronic Kidney Disease, Hypercholesterolemia (high levels of cholesterol in the blood), Alzheimer’s (a brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks), and Gout (a common form of inflammatory arthritis that is very painful).

The Ministry also is reporting in its update for today, Thursday 24 February 2022, that another 654 people have tested positive for the disease.  These new positive cases are based on samples taken between February 19th and 23rd and have moved up the number of active cases of COVID-19 in the country to 21,251.

The Ministry also notes that overall, some 125,864 people have had COVID-19 since pandemic tracking began in March 2020.

Currently, some 701,881 people in the country are fully vaccinated, having completed either a one-dose or two-dose regimen for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Some 685,811 people have received their first dose of a two-dose regimen COVID-19 vaccine, and 132,843 people have received booster doses as of today, Wednesday, 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; and

●   A “booster” refers to both Additional Primary doses and Booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.