JM | Oct 29, 2020

Jamaica surpasses 200 COVID deaths; island set to hit 9,000 cases

Gavin Riley

Gavin Riley / Our Today

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Four more patients have died in the past 24 hours, pushing Jamaica’s death toll well past 200 as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to sweep across the island.

According to Thursday’s (October 29) COVID update from the Ministry of Health and Wellness, the island confirmed an additional 76 new cases, bringning the national tally to 8,927 infections since March 10.

A total of 204 Jamaicans have now died from coronavirus-related complications.

The deceased are: a 45-year-old female of a St. James address; two males, 34 and 90, from St. Elizabeth addresses; and a 38-year-old female of a Westmoreland address.

The death of the 38-year-old was previously under investigation, the ministry reported.

in its overview, the ministry indicated that Wednesday’s positive cases came from a batch of 555 test samples, 479 of which returned negative.

Only the parishes of St Elizabeth and St Thomas did not register any new cases—with 50 women and 26 men between the ages of one- to 95-years testing positive.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness has advised that the Caribbean island has conducted 94,441 tests to date, 90.4 per cent of reacted negative for the coronavirus.

Jamaica also recorded 50 recoveries within the last day as the overall number rose to 4,429. The island currently has some 4,175 active cases.

The ministry further noted that some 109 patients remain hospitalised, 15 of which were determined to be ‘moderately ill’ while another four were categorised as ‘critically ill’.

There are 20,034 persons currently observing quarantine protocols at home, the organisation added; no patients are under quarantine at a government facility.


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