20 COVID deaths locally as 173 new cases recorded | Loop Jamaica

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Jamaica recorded 173 new COVID-19 over 24 hours up to Thursday afternoon, according to the Health and Wellness Ministry.

This is while 20 COVID-19 deaths occurred from August 23 to October 19 and were recorded on Thursday, bringing the overall coronavirus death toll in Jamaica to 2,153.

A 49-year-old female from Hanover and a 91-year-old male from Portland are among the latest COVID fatalities.

Of note, 17 of the deaths recorded were from Hanover.

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

Meanwhile, there were 165 recoveries on the day, bringing the overall tally to 56,271.

The newly confirmed COVID-19 cases brought the total number on record for the island to 87,970.

Notably, Jamaica recorded a positivity rate of 15.7 per cent, based on the samples tested on Thursday.

Of the newly confirmed cases, 92 are females, 79 are males, while the sex of two persons are under investigation. The ages of all Covid-positive individuals range from seven months to 90 years.

The case count was made of Kingston and St Andrew (40), St Catherine (33), St Ann (26), Portland (19), St Thomas (12), Clarendon (eight), St James (eight), Hanover (six), Manchester (six), St Elizabeth (four), Westmoreland (four), and St Mary (two).

There are 88 moderately ill patients, 33 severely ill patients and 23 critically ill patients among the 28,945 active cases now under observation in Jamaica.

A total of 339 COVID-19 patients are now hospitalised locally.