Five more people—two elderly men, two elderly women and one middle-aged man—have lost their lives to COVID-19, while another 564 people have tested positive for the disease, according to the latest update from the Ministry of Health.

In its update for today, Sunday 20 February 2022, the Ministry notes four persons had multiple comorbidities while one person had only one comorbidity.  Their deaths have pushed up the national death toll to 3,567 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), a history of strokes, multiple myeloma (a cancer of plasma cells), osteoarthritis (the most common form of arthritis), and dystonia (a movement disorder in which your muscles contract involuntarily, causing repetitive or twisting movements).

In addition, the 564 new positive cases, based on samples taken between February 15th and 19th, mean that there are now 21,012 active cases of COVID-19 in the country, at this time.

The Ministry also notes that overall, some 123,721 people have had COVID-19 since pandemic tracking began in March 2020.

Currently, some 700,294 people in the country are fully vaccinated, having completed either a one-dose or two-dose regimen for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Some 685,088 people have received their first dose of a two-dose regimen COVID-19 vaccine, and 129,528 people have received booster doses as of today, Sunday, 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.