Two more COVID-19 deaths were recorded in St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Friday, Oct.1.
The deaths are in addition to the five announced on Friday, which occurred between Thursday and Friday, the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) said on Saturday.
The deaths bring to 28 the number of people to have succumbed to COVID-19 in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Sixteen of those deaths occurred since Sept. 9.
One of the deceased is a 52-year-old female who tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, Sept. 30, and was referred to the COVID-19 ward at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital.
The other, a 47-year-old female, tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, Sept. 29.
Both patients died of COVID- 19 pneumonia and were unvaccinated, NEMO said, but gave no indication of whether they had pre-existing conditions, as it had done in its press statements prior to Friday.
As of Saturday, there were 45 COVID-19 patients receiving care at two healthcare facilities in the country.
Of these, 40 are unvaccinated and five are fully vaccinated.
There are 18 patients admitted for COVID-19 at the Argyle Isolation Facility and 25 admitted to the COVID-19 wards at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital.
Meanwhile, NEMO said that 113 COVID-19 positive cases were reported from 666 samples processed on Thursday, Sept. 30, resulting in a positivity rate of 17%.
One case was detected on exit screening and all other cases are contacts of known positive cases and people seeking care.
Twenty-two rapid antigen positive results were reported for Thursday.
And, 54 new recoveries were noted over the reporting period, leaving 1,150 active cases.
Since March 2020, SVG has recorded 3,676 cases of COVID-19, of which 2,498 have recovered.
“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.
“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.”