Sixteen people in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) were, up to Saturday, hospitalised because of COVID-19, health authorities said on Sunday.
The number was five more than were warded on Thursday.
The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) did not disclose the vaccination status of the patients, as it had done in a previous press statement.
According to the press statement issued on Friday, all of the 11 persons warded at the Argyle Isolation Facility were unvaccinated.
Meanwhile, in its latest update, released on Sunday, NEMO said that 63 new COVID-19 positive cases were reported from 443 samples processed on Friday. This resulted in a positivity rate of 14.22%.
One of the new cases is an imported case from Canada and all other cases are contacts of positive cases or people seeking care.
Three new recoveries were noted over the reporting period, leaving 442 cases active.
It was the second consecutive reporting period for which more than 60 new cases were recorded.
On Saturday, NEMO said that 61 new COVID-19 positive cases were reported from 514 samples processed on Thursday, resulting in a positivity rate of 11.9%.
Since March 2020, SVG has recorded 2791 cases of COVID-19, 2,335 of whom have recovered.
Fourteen people with COVID-19 have died.
“In view of the confirmed presence of the Delta, Mu and Gamma variants in the community and the significant increase in the number of new infections, transmission, severe COVID-19 disease and deaths, strict enforcement and compliance with all protocols and recommendations by everyone is strongly recommended,” NEMO said.
“The correct and consistent use of masks, avoidance of crowds, physical distancing, proper hand sanitising and immunisation with available vaccines have all been proven to significantly reduce the risk of being infected, getting sick and or dying from the COVID-19 virus.’