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53.3% COVID-positivity rate amid 1,342 new cases, 8 deaths 


A mid Jamaica recording 1,342 new COVID-19 cases over 24 hours up to Wednesday afternoon, the Ministry of Health and Wellness has reported a positivity rate of 53.3 per cent for the one-day period.

This is while eight COVID-19 deaths were recorded on Wednesday, bringing the overall coronavirus death toll in Jamaica to 2,514.

A 42-year-old female from St Catherine and an 82-year-old male from Portland are among the latest recorded COVID fatalities.

The separate deaths of five COVID-19 patients are under investigation by health authorities.

There were 99 recoveries on the day, bringing that tally to 66,850.

The newly confirmed COVID-19 cases brought the total number on record for the island to 107,721.

Notably, the 53.3 per cent positivity rate was based on the samples tested on Wednesday.

Of the newly confirmed cases, 746 are females, 594 are males, while the sex of two persons are under investigation.

The ages of all COVID-positive individuals range from 32 days to 101 years.

The case count was made up of Kingston and St Andrew (727), St Catherine (144), St Ann (115), St James (112), Manchester (85), St Thomas (33), Westmoreland (32), Clarendon (31) St Elizabeth (30), St Mary (18), Portland (seven), Trelawny (five), and Hanover (three).

There are 119 moderately ill patients, 25 severely ill patients and five critically ill patients among 12,010 active cases now under observation in Jamaica.

A total of 388 COVID-19 patients are now hospitalised locally.

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