A total of 245 COVID-19 cases – 105 males and 140 females – were identified by the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory on Friday, December 31, from the 1,496 tests conducted.

The new cases comprise 41 individuals under the age of 18, and 204 who are 18 years and older. There are 167 persons in isolation facilities and 1,353 others in home isolation.

Since the start of the pandemic, Barbados has recorded 28,810 cases (13,655 males and 15,155 females) of the viral illness from 471,945 tests. There have been 262 deaths.

Under the National Vaccination Programme for COVID-19, 155,952 persons (68.3 per cent of the eligible population) have received at least one dose. The number of fully vaccinated persons is 143,677 (53 per cent of the total population or 62.9 per cent of the eligible population). The eligible population represents those persons who are 12 years and older.

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