31 COVID deaths recorded locally; 246 new cases | Loop Jamaica

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Jamaica recorded 246 new COVID-19 cases over 24 hours up to Friday afternoon, according to the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

At the same time, a whopping 31 COVID-19 deaths occurred from August 11 to October 14 and were recorded on Friday, bringing the overall coronavirus death toll in Jamaica to 2,103.

A 27-year-old male from Hanover, a 48-year-old female from St James, and an 83-year-old male from St Ann are among the latest COVID fatalities.

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

There were 182 recoveries on the day, bringing the overall tally to 55,264.

The newly confirmed COVID-19 cases brought the total number on record for the island to 87,232.

Notably, Jamaica recorded a positivity rate of 19.1 per cent, based on the samples tested on Friday.

Of the newly confirmed cases, 157 are females and 89 are males, with ages ranging from 13 days to 89 years.

The case count was made of Kingston and St Andrew (71), St Catherine (53), St Elizabeth (27), Manchester (24), Clarendon (23), St James (12), St Thomas (11), St Ann (nine), Portland (seven), Trelawny (four), Hanover (three), St Mary (one), and Westmoreland (one).

There are 88 moderately ill patients, 44 severely ill patients and 25 critically ill patients among the 29,267 active cases now under observation in Jamaica.

A total of 370 COVID-19 patients are now hospitalised locally.