COVID-positivity rate climbs to 13.7%; 108 new cases, four deaths | Loop Jamaica

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Amid Jamaica recording 108 new COVID-19 cases over 24 hours up to Wednesday afternoon, the COVID-positivity rate for the one-day period increased to 13.7 per cent.

This after the Ministry of Health and Wellness previously reported three consecutive days of the positivity rate dipping below six per cent.

At the same time, four COVID-19 deaths were recorded on Wednesday, bringing the overall coronavirus death toll in Jamaica to 2,302.

The deceased are two males, aged 57 and 66, from Kingston and St Andrew; a 45-year-old female from St Catherine; and a 65-year-old female from St James.

The separate death of six COVID-19 patients is under investigation by health officials.

There were 258 recoveries on the day, bringing that tally to 59,936.

The newly confirmed COVID-19 cases brought the total number on record for the island to 89,926.

Notably, the 13.7 per cent positivity rate was based on the samples tested on Wednesday.

Of the newly confirmed cases, 65 are females and 43 are females, with ages ranging from 38 days to 97 years.

The case count was made up of Kingston and St Andrew (37), St Catherine (35), St Thomas (10), St Elizabeth (eight), Hanover (three), Manchester (three), Trelawny (three), St James (two), St Mary (two), Westmoreland (two), Clarendon (two), and St Ann (one).

There are 35 moderately ill patients, 32 severely ill patients and 12 critically ill patients among 1,139 active cases now under observation in Jamaica.

A total of 217 COVID-19 patients are now hospitalised locally.