JM | Oct 30, 2020

Jamaica confirms 78 new COVID cases, death toll now at 205

Gavin Riley

Gavin Riley / Our Today

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Jamaica has confirmed 78 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on Thursday, bringing the national caseload to 9,005.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness, in its Friday (October 30) surveillance update, noted three patients have also died due to COVID-related complications. The death toll now stands at 205.

There were no detailed breakdowns of the most recent deaths.

The island’s recovery rate also increased marginally, as 13 recent discharges leave the total number of recoveries at 4,442. Additionally, Jamaica currently manages 4,237 active coronavirus cases.

According to the ministry, the latest positive confirmations came from a batch of 642 samples tested, 564 of which returned negative.

Hanover joins St Thomas and St Elizabeth as the three parishes which have not recorded any new COVID cases in the last 24 hours.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness has advised that the Caribbean island has conducted 95,083 tests to date, 90.5 per cent of the results confirmed non-reactive to the coronavirus.

Hospitalisations are also trending down, according to the ministry, as some 95 patients are being treated. A total of 14 patients were determined to be ‘moderately ill’, while another three were categorised as ‘critically ill’.

The island currently sees 19,838 persons observing quarantine protocols at home; no patients are under quarantine at a government facility.

Jamaica confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on March 10.


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