Two COVID-19 deaths announced on the weekend have brought to 68 the number of COVID-19 victims in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) said that a 49-year-old man who tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 17, died on Sunday. The deceased was unvaccinated.
The death follows that, on Friday, of a 76-year-old man who tested positive for COVID-19 that same day. That man was also unvaccinated, NEMO said.
Meanwhile, 18 new COVID-19 positive cases were reported from 211 samples collected on Friday, resulting in a positivity rate of 8.5%.
Twenty-one new rapid antigen positive results were reported from flu clinics on Friday.
Twenty-six new COVID-19 positive cases were reported from 231samples collected on Thursday, resulting in a positivity of 11.3%.
Eighteen new rapid antigen positive results were reported from flu clinics on Thursday.
As of Sunday, there were eight patients admitted for COVID-19 at the Argyle Isolation Facility. All are unvaccinated.
Thirty patients are admitted to the COVID-19 wards at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital. Twenty-six patients are unvaccinated, two patients are partially vaccinated and two patients are fully vaccinated.
Two new recoveries were noted over the reporting period, leaving 1,819 cases active.
Since March 2020, SVG has recorded 4,995 cases of COVID-19, of which 3,108 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 sanitizing and immunization 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.”