Five day sample: 615 new COVID-19 cases – 11 additional deaths

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Five day sample: 615 new COVID-19 cases – 11 additional deaths

The Ministry of Health’s clinical update highlights 615 new COVID-19 cases with 11 additional COVID related deaths.

The 615 positive cases reported today, reflects samples taken during a five day period ( Friday 7th May, 2021 to Tuesday 11th May, 2021) and not the last 24 hours.


”While the normal reporting timeframe covers samples taken within 2-3 days, the substantial increase in the positive cases, and the resulting number of samples collected and processed at testing sites throughout the country, has affected the reporting timeline in this instance.”

The Ministry also said, it should also be noted that the 99 positive cases reported on Monday 10th May, 2021 may have been as a result of the normal weekend closure of some of the testing sites and some of the health facilities where swabbing takes place.

“Thus, it should be underscored that the reported positive cases reflect a high percentage of infection within the population. The cases tested reflected a positivity rate in excess of 40%, which is a cause for significant concern.”

The Ministry of Health said it’s partner organizations continue to undertake robust contact tracing exercises and the implementation of public health measures as part of the national COVID-19 response.

“We can and will overcome COVID-19 if we all work together and do our part. Wear your masks, Watch your distance and Wash your hands. We flattened the curve before and we can do it again.”