The Health Ministry says that 143 new cases have been reported today after a 24-hour reporting period.

The Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health, Pauline McNeil, confirmed the positive cases this evening at a health talkback show hosted by the national broadcaster.

The Permanent Secretary said that means to date the country has 873 positive COVID-19 case numbers since the outbreak.

She says if we are to include the 25 positive cases caught in quarantine in 2019 the total positive cases recorded in the country would be 898.

The CEO of the National Referal Hospital (NRH) Dr George Malefoasi says testing continues for staff at the NRH to manage the spread of the virus within the compound. 

The NRH is currently stretched with alot of its staff testing positive for COVID-19.