The Health Ministry announced on Friday that two people lost their lives due to Covid-19 over the past week, specifically from May 20 to 26.
And that a total of 1,774 new infections were recorded.
Dead are a man, aged 77, and a 74-year-old woman with the total number of coronavirus fatalities now rising to 1059.
At the same time, 30 Covid-19 patients are currently treated at state hospitals – eight in very serious condition and another 10 who can no longer transmit the
A total of 74,539 tests were carried out in the week of May 20 to 26, with the 1,774 testing positive giving a positivity rate of 2.3 per cent. This brings the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 489,963.
PCR tests accounted for 5,133 of the total carried out and led to the detection of 238 positive cases, a rate of 4.64 per cent.
The bulk, 69,406 were rapid tests and resulted in 1,536 positive cases, a positivity rate of 2.21 per cent.
Three of the cases were from 91 PCR tests following contact tracing, 187 cases were from 3,611 PCR tests as a result of private initiative and 1,445 positive cases were from 57,139 rapid tests, also from private initiative.
Moreover, 12,267 rapid tests under the health ministry’s programmes led to the detection of 91 positive cases. Of these 63 were from 3,029 tests at its testing sites, two from 635 tests in the national guard, 25 from 3,698 tests in care homes and one from 4,747 tests in closed facilities. No cases were detected from 170 tests in primary education.