The Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory identified 495 new COVID-19 cases – 225 males and 270 females – on Friday, January 7, from the 2,475 tests conducted.
The cases comprised 69 persons under the age of 18, and 426 who were 18 years and older. There were 173 people in isolation facilities, while 2,647 were in home isolation.
An 85-year-old man passed away from the virus on Friday, at the Harrison’s Point Isolation Facility. He was unvaccinated. As at January 7, there were 266 deaths from the viral illness.
The public health laboratory has carried out 484,629 tests since February 2020, and recorded 31,499 COVID-19 cases (14,810 males and 16,689 females).
Under the National Vaccination Programme for COVID-19, the total number of persons with at least one dose is 156,631 (68.6 per cent of the eligible population).
The total number of persons who are fully vaccinated is 144,706 (53.4 per cent of the total population or 63.2 per cent of the eligible population). The eligible population represents those persons who are 12 years and older.