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132 new COVID cases locally; 12 deaths reported 

Jamaica recorded 132 COVID-19 cases over 24 hours up to Friday afternoon, according to the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

This is while 12 COVID-19 deaths occurred from July 7 to October 28 and were recorded on Friday, bringing the overall coronavirus death toll in Jamaica to 2,229.

A 55-year-old male from Westmoreland and a 57-year-old female are among the latest COVID fatalities.

Of note, 10 of the deaths recorded are from Westmoreland.

The separate deaths of 13 COVID-19 patients are under investigation by health officials.

Meanwhile, there were 181 recoveries on the day, bringing the overall tally to 57,731.

The newly confirmed COVID-19 cases brought the total number on record for the island to 88,907.

Notably, Jamaica recorded a positivity rate of 14.5 per cent, based on the samples tested on Friday.

Of the newly confirmed cases, 84 are females and 48 are males, with ages ranging from six months to 91 years.

The case count was made of St Catherine (38), Kingston and St Andrew (31), St Elizabeth (14), Clarendon (12), Portland (eight), Manchester (seven), Westmoreland (seven), St James (five), St Mary (three), Hanover (three), St Thomas (two),Trelawny (one), and St Ann (one).

There are 71 moderately ill patients, 27 severely ill patients and 10 critically ill patients among the 28,323 active cases now under observation in Jamaica.

A total of 296 COVID-19 patients are now hospitalised locally.