197 new COVID-19 cases; seven deaths recorded in 24 hours | Loop Jamaica

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Jamaica recorded 197 new COVID-19 cases over 24 hours up to Sunday afternoon.

According to the Ministry of Health and Wellness, seven COVID-19 deaths occurred from September 2 to October 15, and were recorded on Sunday, bringing the overall coronavirus death toll in Jamaica to 2,117.

A 51-year-old female from St Catherine and an 84-year-old male from Trelawny are among the latest COVID fatalities.

Of note, six of the seven deaths reported were from Trelawny.

The separate deaths of two COVID-19 patients are under investigation by health authorities, while one death has been classified as coincidental.

There were 175 recoveries on the day, bringing the that overall tally to 55,637.

The newly confirmed COVID-19 cases brought the total number on record for the island to 87,586.

Notably, Jamaica recorded a positivity rate of 21.1 per cent, based on the samples tested on Sunday.

Of the newly confirmed cases, 102 are females and 95 are males, with ages ranging from one to 90 years.

The case count was made up of St Catherine (49), Kingston and St Andrew (49), St James (16), St Thomas (16), St Ann (11), St Elizabeth (11), Portland (11), Clarendon (eight), Trelawny (seven), Manchester (six), St Mary (five), Westmoreland (four), and Hanover (four).

There are 62 moderately ill patients, 43 severely ill patients and 27 critically ill patients among the 29,234 active cases now under observation in Jamaica.

A total of 347 COVID-19 patients are now hospitalised locally.