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Nearly 8,000 breakthrough COVID cases reported and 100 vaccinated residents died in Massachusetts

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According to state data on breakthrough cases published Tuesday, nearly 8,000 fully vaccinated Massachusetts residents have now tested positive for COVID-19 and 100 of them have died, NBCBoston reports.

As per state data on breakthrough cases, 100 of the nearly 4.3 million people fully vaccinated in Massachusetts have died of COVID-19, a rate of 0.002 percent.

As of Saturday, July 31, the Department of Public Health had tracked a total of 7,737 confirmed COVID-19 infections among those fully vaccinated in the Bay State, representing 0.18 percent of the immunised population.

The total number of breakthrough cases on Saturday is up by 1,364 from the previous day, July 24. This accounts for slightly more than 30% of all new cases confirmed in a one-week period.

The Department of Public Health has recorded 395 immunised residents hospitalised with COVID-19 cases and 100 deaths from the virus since the first residents were fully vaccinated in January.

These figures include 34 new breakthrough hospitalizations and nine new deaths among fully vaccinated people tracked in the last week.

Overall case numbers have been rising in Massachusetts and across the country for weeks as the more infectious delta variant spreads, including among those who have been fully vaccinated, but health experts have repeatedly emphasised that vaccinations reduce the risk of serious injury or death in the rare breakthrough cases.

The Department of Public Health had previously released data on breakthrough infections in response to records requests, and on Tuesday it published those figures for the first time as part of the weekly vaccination report.

The department stated that it will continue to include updated breakthrough figures in Tuesday vaccination reports.

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