Four more people—three elderly men and one elderly woman—have lost their lives to COVID-19, while another 624 people have tested positive for the disease, according to the latest update from the Ministry of Health. 

In its update for today, Friday 18 February 2022, the Ministry notes all four persons had multiple comorbidities, and their deaths have pushed up the national death toll to 3,553 lives lost. Among the comorbidities present in the deceased were diabetes, hypertension, a history of strokes, HIV, benign prostatic hyperplasia (a condition in men in which the prostate gland is enlarged and not cancerous), COPD, Leiomyosarcoma (a type of rare cancer that grows in the smooth muscles), and Bell’s Palsy.

In addition, the 624 new positive cases, based on samples taken between February 13th and 17th, mean that there are now 20,731 active cases of COVID-19 in the country, at this time.

The Ministry also notes that overall, some 122,717 people have had COVID-19 since pandemic tracking began in March 2020.

Currently, some 699,604 people in the country are fully vaccinated, having completed either a one-dose or two-dose regimen for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Some 684,736 people have received their first dose of a two-dose regimen COVID-19 vaccine, and 126,802 people have received booster doses as of today, Friday, 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.