Barbados recorded 493 new COVID-19 cases, 204 males and 289 females, from the 1,418 tests carried out on Thursday, April 21, by the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory.

The cases consisted of 89 persons under the age of 18, and 404 who were 18 years and older. There were 72 people in isolation facilities, while 2,926 were in home isolation.

Two men, aged 88 and 99, died from the viral illness on Thursday. They were both fully vaccinated. As at April 21, a total of 388 COVID-19 related deaths were recorded.

The public health laboratory has conducted 638,650 tests since February 2020, and recorded 66,810 COVID-19 cases (30,758 males and 36,052 females).

Under the National Vaccination Programme for COVID-19, the total number of persons with at least one dose is 161,604 (70.8 per cent of the eligible population).  

The total number of fully vaccinated persons is 151,755 (56 per cent of the total population or 66.4 per cent of the eligible population). The eligible population represents those persons who are 12 years and older. 

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