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COVID-19 still exists - Health Minister

With an all-time low rate of COVID-19 infections, Minister of Health Dr Frank Anthony is still imploring persons to take their booster shots; and for young children to be vaccinated.

COVID-19 rates within the last several months have dropped drastically, with fewer infections and fewer persons having to either die or be sent to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Despite these favourable trends, COVID-19 still exists.

According to Dr Anthony, during Thursday’s COVID-19 Update, there are still persons testing positive for COVID-19. Wednesday statistics show that more than 60 persons are currently being monitored for COVID-19.

In addition, there were six new cases recorded as of Thursday. The Health Minister noted that while there is a decrease in cases compared to the corresponding period last year, precaution is still vital.

“I think what is important we need people to come; those who are older, persons who have other illnesses, they should come and make sure they get their booster shots. I think that is important and will prevent them from being hospitalised,” Dr Anthony said.

Apart from the mature populace, Dr Anthony noted that young children should be vaccinated. He noted that with school already reopened for learning, vaccination is imperative.

49.1 percent of the population between the ages of 12 to 17 have been vaccinated with the first dose, while 36.1 percent of the same age group have been vaccinated with the second dose.


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