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More than 60 000 in Barbados receive COVID vaccine

More than 60 000 in Barbados receive COVID vaccine

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Over 60 000 people were vaccinated against COVID-19 so far as part of the National Vaccination Programme.

On Friday, March 19, 2001 persons were immunised, taking the total  vaccinations to 60 206, comprising 25 104 men and 35 102 women.

Additionally, the island recorded 21 new positive cases of COVID-19, 10 men and 11 women, from among the 540 tests conducted by the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory.

Twenty people recovered and were discharged from isolation, bringing the number of active cases to 192.

The number of active cases being reported daily continued to decrease as a result of high discharge numbers during the month of March. Differences in the numbers were also the result of the subtraction from the overall number of people who were in isolation for assessment. They were counted as discharged, but were never active positive COVID-19 cases.

An audit of the numbers was therefore done to allow the active cases reported to reflect the count that was actually in isolation on the day. This would have entailed adjusting the discharge numbers. Going forward, the number of active cases will be taken from the daily count in isolation.

Barbados has recorded 3 533 confirmed cases – 1 689 females and 1 844 males – and 3 302 people recovered since March 2020. There were 39 deaths from COVID-19.

The public health laboratory has so far completed 136 041 tests. (BGIS)