After four consecutive days of reporting single digit Covid-19 deaths, the Ministry of Health reported 14 fatalities on Friday, pushing the death toll over the 700 mark at 713.
Meanwhile, with 438 recoveries and 227 new infections reported over the last 24 hours, the number of active Covid-19 cases dropped to 8,578.
Hospital occupancy has seen a small decline, back down to 452 from yesterday’s 465.
A total of 173,878 people have been vaccinated for Covid-19 with one dose, while another 36,620 have been fully inoculated with two shots.
Members of the public are reminded that they must adhere to the ‘New Normal’ recommendations and take the following personal health measures to protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19:
–Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when you go out in public
–Keep your distance from others (6 feet)
–Stay home if you are ill
–Clean then sanitize surfaces (e.g. tabletops, door knobs and cell phones)
–Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
-Cough into a tissue or into the crook of your elbow
-Avoid touching your face
If you or a loved one develops symptoms of COVID19, please call the hotline 877-WELL or 800- WELL (9355) for further guidance. If the person is severely ill, call the 811 (emergency hotline) or call ahead to the Accident and Emergency Department of your nearest hospital for help and go in immediately.