A total of 342 new COVID-19 cases (149 males and 193 females) were recorded by the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory on Saturday, January 8, from the 1,833 tests conducted.

The positive cases consist of 58 persons under the age of 18, and 284 who are 18 years and older. The number of people in isolation facilities was 115, while 2,919 were in home isolation. As at January 8, there were 266 deaths from the virus.

The public health laboratory has carried out 486,462 tests since February 2020 and recorded 31,841 cases (14,959 males and 16,882 females) of COVID-19.

Under the National Vaccination Programme for COVID-19, the total number of persons with at least one dose is 156,698 (68.6 per cent of the eligible population).

The total number of persons who are fully vaccinated is 144,805 (53.4 per cent of the total population or 63.4 per cent of the eligible population). The eligible population represents those persons who are 12 years and older.

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