The seven persons recorded during the month of January as the most recent COVID-19 fatalities have all been revealed to be above the age of 60 years.
This is according to a release issued by the Ministry of Health, which disclosed the genders and ages of some of the persons who most recently succumbed to the virus.
The deceased persons are a 90-year-old female who died on January 2, a 62-year-old female who died on January 3, an 84-year-old female who died on January 5, a 74-year-old male who died on January 7, a 78-year-old male who died on January 7, a 95-year-old male who died on January 11 and an 86-year-old male who died on January 24, the Ministry said.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Carvin Malone, who has repeatedly referred to the territory’s seniors as his ‘golden gems’, offered condolences to the bereaved families on behalf of the government.
“This wave of the virus is severely impacting our seniors and immunocompromised persons, according to the data. Omicron is a milder form of the disease but it is enhancing the vulnerability of older persons with chronic diseases to more severe disease, hospitalisation and death with COVID
,” Malone stated.
The Minister continued to urge persons to get vaccinated and boosted in order to effectively combat the virus.
The data released by the Health Ministry in its most recent epidemiological summary shows that the territory recorded 49 COVID
-19 related deaths as of January 25.
According to the Ministry, active cases have since fallen to 397 in the territory with 12 persons currently hospitalised.