The number of COVID-19 deaths in St. Vincent and the Grenadines has increased by one, now standing at 12, following the passing of a 69-year-old man on Tuesday.
The man died of COVID-19 while warded at the Argyle Isolation Facility.
The stated cause of death is COVID-19 pneumonia, the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) said on Wednesday.
Six new COVID-19 positive cases were reported from 110 samples processed on Tuesday, resulting in a positivity rate of 5.5%.
One (1) additional new case was reported from samples processed on April.
The updated positivity rate for April 30 is 9.9%.
No new recoveries were noted over the reporting period.
Meanwhile, six new COVID-19 positive cases were reported from 111 samples processed on Wednesday, resulting in a positivity rate of 5.4%.
One of the six new cases is an evacuee in an emergency shelter.
Positive cases identified in the emergency shelters now on lock down, have been transferred and isolated at a separate facility.
COVID-19 testing continues to be offered across all emergency shelters.
Eight new recoveries were noted over the reporting period and 142 cases are currently active.
Since March 2020, 1,895 cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in SVG and 1,741 have recovered.
“The public is urged to continue to use masks, sanitize, physically distance and get vaccinated to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” NEMO said.