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Aug 18, 2021

COVID Numbers Soar to 771; 3 New Deaths

Three new COVID-related deaths were recorded on Tuesday, bringing the total number of deaths to three hundred and forty-seven. There were also ninety-eight positive samples identified so there are now seven hundred and seventy-one active cases in the country. Fifteen persons are hospitalised, four of whom are admitted to Intensive Care Units. A lockdown is not the immediate route for the Briceño Administration, nor does the Prime Minister see the need for an earlier curfew, so what does the country do with the increasing numbers? Does the Ministry of Health plan to do anything differently? News Five asked Minister Chebat just that.


Michel Chebat

Michel Chebat, Minister of Health & Wellness

“The prescription remains the same. The public health measures have worked in the past and they will continue to work. The wearing of the mask continues to be important, the social distancing, the washing of your hands and now the vaccine. The vaccine is a guarantee that if you do contract the virus, you’re not going to have severe, severe side effects which would possibly keep you out of the hospital and possibly saving your life.”

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