A dashboard released by the Ministry of Health on Tuesday afternoon shows the country is just eight COVID-19 cases shy of the 1,000 mark, with nine newly confirmed infections.

These bring the country’s total to 992, with 367 cases now active, as of March 15.

It was only Monday morning that Prime Minister Gaston Browne expressed optimism that cases are declining, and, accordingly, hinted at further relaxation of the protocols.

His optimism was based on the single new infection reported on Friday, March 12.  But, on Monday night, the Ministry of Health published a dashboard that revealed there were 20 new lab-confirmed cases. 

Recovered cases remain at 598, while the active cases have jumped to 367.  It is not known how many persons are hospitalized with the virus since this information has been removed from the dashboard.

Meanwhile, a resident is asking whether the recent results include samples from inmates at Her Majesty’s Prison, where an outbreak of the virus has taken place.

Some 32 inmates have been confirmed as having the virus, with most being placed in an isolation facility on the prison’s compound.  But Acting Prison Superintendent Jermaine Anthony indicated, on Saturday, that quite a number of results were still pending.

Other residents continue to ask how many residents of the Fiennes Institute have been hospitalized or died, since the Minister of Health claimed not to be sure of the numbers during a radio interview last week.

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