The Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory identified 272 new COVID-19 cases – 125 males and 147 females – from the 1,648 tests carried out on Wednesday, February 16.

The cases comprised 60 persons under age 18, and 212 who were 18 years and older. There were 125 people in isolation facilities, while 4,041 were in home isolation.

Two people died from the virus on Wednesday – a 76-year-old fully vaccinated man, and an 89-year-old unvaccinated woman. As at February 16, there were 307 COVID-19 deaths recorded.

The public health laboratory has carried out 572,792 tests since February 2020, and recorded 52,909 COVID-19 cases (24,525 males and 28,384 females).

Under the National Vaccination Programme for COVID-19, the total number of persons with at least one dose is 159,681 (69.9 per cent of the eligible population). 

The total number of fully vaccinated persons is 148,678 (54.9 per cent of the total population or 65.1 per cent of the eligible population). The eligible population represents those persons who are 12 years and older.

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