By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Saipan--The CNMI government reported two new Covid-related fatalities on Christmas Day, raising the commonwealth's death toll to 10. Details were not currently available.
CNMI officials said additional information will be provided later.
The government also reported 34 new cases of Covid-19 on Dec. 24, bringing the CNMI total to 2,853 cases since March 28, 2020. The individuals have been isolated and are actively monitored. As of Dec. 24, there have been 1,809 recoveries made, 748 active cases, and 5 deaths (the next report will reflect the additional 2) of the cases identified since Oct. 28. As of Dec. 25, there were 12 individuals hospitalized as a result of Covid-19 (9 unvaccinated, 3 vaccinated; 2 on a ventilator); and 5 were discharged.
Of the 34 cases, 14 were identified via contact tracing, 14 were identified via community testing, and 6 were identified via travel testing. The vaccination statuses of the 34 cases identified are pending verification.
Since Oct. 28, there have been 2,562 new cases, of which 1,341 were identified via contact tracing, 1,166 were identified via community testing, and 55 were identified via travel testing. A total of 487 Covid-19 tests were conducted on Dec. 24, which comprises travel testing and surveillance testing but does not include DFEMS testing.