COVID-19 Infection, Death Rates Fall to Lowest Levels Since Onset

Mar 26 , 2022

Data from the Ministry of Health reveals that COVID-19 infection rates have dropped to the lowest levels since the pandemic's early days in 2020. Less than 900 people have tested positive for the virus thus far in March 2022, while the death toll remains under 30 for the month. The figures are the lowest since the pandemic first began to ramp up between March and May 2020. Though the lull is an encouraging sign, health officials urge the public to continue practicing social distancing and wearing face masks, as similar drops in infection and death rates were observed in the lead up to the three separate COVID-19 waves to hit the country since the first case was detected in March 2020. The pandemic's death toll sits near 7,500, with nearly 470,000 confirmed cases over the past two years. Health professionals have administered close to 29.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines since the Ministry kicked off its vaccination campaign a year ago.



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