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52.1 per cent COVID-positivity rate; 953 new cases, 2 more deaths 


Jamaica’s COVID-positivity rate jumped further to 52.1 per cent amid 953 new COVID-19 cases being recorded over 24 hours up to Sunday afternoon.

According to the Ministry of Health and Wellness, two COVID-19 deaths were recorded on Sunday, bringing the overall coronavirus death toll in Jamaica to 2,501.

The deceased are a 56-year-old female from St Catherine and a 69-year-old female from Kingston and St Andrew.

The separate death of one COVID-19 patient was classified as coincidental.

There were 98 recoveries on the day, bringing that tally to 66,581.

The newly confirmed COVID-19 cases brought the total number on record for the island to 103,458.

Notably, the 52.1 per cent positivity rate was based on the samples tested on Sunday.

Of the newly confirmed cases, 556 are females, 397 are males, while the sex of one person is under investigation.

The ages of all the COVID-positive individuals range from seven day to 97 years.

The case count was made up of Kingston and St Andrew (275), St Catherine (133), St James (104), Trelawny (75), Clarendon (62), St Ann (60), Westmoreland (59), St Thomas (56), Hanover (36), St Mary (30), Portland (29), St Elizabeth (20), and Manchester (14).

There are 77 moderately ill patients, 36 severely ill patients and eight critically ill patients among 9,126 active cases now under observation in Jamaica.

A total of 294 COVID-19 patients are now hospitalised locally.

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