Friday April 2, 2021 the Ministry of Health and Wellness received confirmation of 8 new cases of COVID-19 from the Ezra Long Laboratory. This is from a batch of 262 samples taken during on March 31, 2021 and April 1, 2021. These samples were processed on April 1, 2021.

These individuals were seen at various community respiratory clinics where they were assessed and tested for COVID-19. In-keeping with the national COVID-19 testing protocol, they were each placed in home quarantine by healthcare practitioners while awaiting receipt of their test results. Arrangements have since been made to place these individuals in isolation. The contact tracing for these new cases is underway.

Confirmation was also received of the recovery of 5 individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 bringing the total number of active cases in country to date to 125. Presently, two of the active cases require critical care at the Respiratory Hospital. The new cases bring the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to *4273*.

As of March 31, 2021 a total of *22,554* individuals have received the first dose of the COVID- 19 vaccine. The Ministry of Health reminds the public that the COVID-19 vaccination drive for Phases 1A and 1B will continue next week in various communities on scheduled days.  Everyone interested in getting vaccinated are encouraged to pre-register ahead of time.