The Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory identified 43 people who were COVID-19 positive – 13 males and 30 females – on Friday, December 17, from among the 1,237 tests conducted.

Of these, eight persons were under the age of 18, and 35 were 18 years and older. There were 185 people in isolation facilities and 1,254 in home isolation.

A 96-year-old woman passed away from COVID-19 on Friday. She died at the Harrison’s Point Isolation Facility and was unvaccinated. As at December 17, there were 256 deaths from the viral illness.

The public health laboratory has carried out 457,690 tests since February last year, and recorded 27,169 cases (12,914 males and 14,255 females) of COVID-19

. Under the National Vaccination Programme for COVID-19, the total number of persons with at least one dose is 155,137 (67.9 per cent of the eligible population). The total number of persons who are fully vaccinated is 141,720 (52.3 per cent of the total population or 62.1 per cent of the eligible population). The eligible population represents those persons who are 12 years and older.

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