Fourteen more people—six elderly men, three elderly women and three middle-aged men, and two middle-aged women—have lost their lives to COVID-19, while another 722 people have tested positive for the disease, according to the latest update from the Ministry of Health.

In its update for today, Wednesday 23 February 2022, the Ministry notes nine of the 14 had multiple comorbidities while four persons had only one comorbidity, and one person had no known medical condition. 

Their deaths have pushed up the national death toll to 3,596 lives lost.

Among the comorbidities present in the deceased were diabetes, hypertension, chronic kidney disease, heart disease, dementia (the loss of cognitive functioning i.e. thinking, remembering, and reasoning), asthma, a history of strokes, cancer and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems).

In addition, the 564 new positive cases, based on samples taken between February 18th and 22nd, mean that there are now 20,994 active cases of COVID-19 in the country, at this time.

The Ministry also notes that overall, some 125,210 people have had COVID-19 since pandemic tracking began in March 2020.

Currently, some 701,372 people in the country are fully vaccinated, having completed either a one-dose or two-dose regimen for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Some 685,616 people have received their first dose of a two-dose regimen COVID-19 vaccine, and 131,890 people have received booster doses as of today, Wednesday, the Ministry’s update reports.

The Ministry reminds the public that:

●   A person is considered to be fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the final recommended vaccine dose(s) of a World Health Organisation (WHO) approved vaccine or vaccine combination; and

●   A “booster” refers to both Additional Primary doses and Booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.