"Also, a significant number of the deceased suffered from oncological diseases," the ministry said in a press release. "Respiratory diseases were the third most common category of underlying diseases."

"A number of the deceased had diabetes. Several people had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease," it said.

"The National Public Health Center notes that most of the deceased had several underlying diseases."

Based on the latest figures released on Monday, 70 people have died of COVID-19 in the country so far, including 33 men and 37 women.

The COVID-19 victims were aged between 49 and 97 years, according to the ministry.

One of the deaths was in the age group of 41-50, three in 51-60, eleven in 61-70, and 21 in 71-80.

"The worst situation is in the 81-90 age group, where as many as 30 people have died of the disease," the ministry said. "Four of the COVID-19 victims were over 90 years of age."

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