Update courtesy Ministry of Health.

Eight more people have lost their lives to COVID-19, while another 181 people have tested positive for the disease, according to the latest update from the Ministry of Health.

In its update for today, Friday 23rd July 2021, the Ministry notes that these latest deaths have pushed up the national death toll to 1,026 lives lost.

In addition, the 181 new positive cases, based on samples taken between July 19th and 22nd, mean that there are now 5,783 active cases of COVID-19 in the country, at this time.

Vaccination rates continue to go up as the national vaccination drive ramps up across the country, through the Public-Private Vaccination Partnership between Government and the business community.

Currently, some 179,382 people in the country are fully vaccinated, having received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine—either Sinopharm or AstraZeneca.

And some 308,661 people have received their first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, as of today, Friday, the Ministry’s update reports.

The Health Ministry also notes in its update:

● 314 persons are still hospitalised for COVID-19; down from 318 patients on Thursday.

● 5,212 persons are in home self-isolation; up from 5,172 patients on Thursday.

● 106 persons are in State quarantine facilities; up from 101 patients on Thursday.

● 76 patients are still recovering in step/down facilities; up from 75 patients on Thursday.