Two more persons have died of COVID-19, bringing to six the number of lives that the illness has claimed in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) said, on Tuesday, that the deceased are an 87-year-old man and a 54-year-old female.
NEMO said that the hypertensive man was admitted on Feb. 6 in an unresponsive state and tested positive for COVID-19.
He remained unresponsive and died on Feb. 8 from a stroke and pneumonia related to COVID-19.
Meanwhile, the woman who died had hypertension and uncontrolled diabetes.
She was admitted in the early hours of Feb. 9 with severe respiratory distress, tested positive for COVID-19 and died at 2 a.m.
Meanwhile, SVG, on Tuesday, confirmed 16 new COVID-19 cases from swabs taken between Feb. 2nd and 9.
These cases were detected during entry and exit screening, contact tracing and testing of persons with flu symptoms and bring to 1,189 the number of local cases of COVID-19.
NEMO said that 36 persons have been cleared, bringing the number of total recoveries to 454.
The number of active cases is 880.
NEMO said that 1,340 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in SVG since March 2020.
“The public is advised that the use of masks in public spaces or private spaces to which the public has access, is now mandatory under the Public Health Act 2020. The consistent use of facial coverings is aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19 in St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” NEMO said.