The health ministry announced another 12 coronavirus deaths on Friday as 3,444 new infections were recorded on the island in the last week.

The deaths concerned five people aged 82 to 91 who died between April 29 and May 5, another three aged 84 to 95 who died earlier in April, an 80-year-old woman who died in March as well as two, including a 63-year-old man who died last year. The death of a 95-year-old woman on December 4, 2020 was also attributed to Covid-19.

The new mortalities raise the number of people who have died from the virus on the island to 1,027 since the pandemic outbreak.

Meanwhile, 60 patients are being treated for coronavirus in various state hospitals, the ministry said. Of them, 16 are in serious condition, including six who are intubated.

Most of the people in hospital are vaccinated, with 43.34 per cent of them having no history of vaccination.

The ministry added that 12 patients who stopped being infectious continue to be intubated due to Covid-19.

The new cases were detected from 342,671 rapid tests and 12,049 PCR tests, giving a positivity rate of 0.97 per cent.

Most of the new cases, 2,222, were detected during private testing, while another 1,102 tests were traced through the health ministry’s free testing programmes.

Some 35 of the new cases concerned residents and employees in nursing homes while 46 concerned students.