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Two more COVID-19 deaths and 74 new cases

The Ministry of Health and Wellness has reported the deaths of two more persons locally, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The island also recorded 74 new positive cases of the virus within a 24-hour period into Thursday afternoon.

The two latest COVID-19-related deaths are of an 81-year old female from St Ann and a 35-year-old male from Manchester. Both deceased had comorbidities, namely diabetes and hypertension.

There have been 29 COVID-19-related deaths in Jamaica.

The island has also recorded one additional case of a coincidental death of a person who was confirmed with SARS-CoV-2. This is a case that was previously recorded as a death under investigation. The case is a 56-year-old male from Clarendon.

The 74 new positives recorded within the 24-hour period brought to 2,896 the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. Of the 74 newly confirmed cases, 36 are females and 38 are males, with ages ranging from 12 to 76 years.

They have addresses in Kingston and St Andrew (25), St Catherine (14), St Thomas (five), Manchester (six), St Ann (one), St. James (one), St Elizabeth (21) and Westmoreland (one).

All of the new cases are under investigation.

At present there are 459 imported cases; 659 cases that are contacts of confirmed cases; 236 cases related to the workplace cluster in St Catherine; 242 local transmissions (not epidemiologically linked), and 1,300 cases under investigation.

Some 1,587 (55 per cent) of the total confirmed cases are females and 1,307 (45 per cent) are males, with ages ranging from 13 days to 97 years.

The sex of two of the cases is under investigation.

There are currently 1,873 (64.7 per cent) active cases being monitored, including seven critically ill persons and 11 who are moderately ill.

Recoveries are now at 921 or 31.8 per cent.

Seventy-one or 2.5 per cent of the affected persons have returned to their countries of origin.