26.1% COVID positivity rate; 348 new cases, 7 deaths

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The Department of Health and Welfare reports that 348 new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Jamaica over a 24-hour period until Friday afternoon.

It was then that seven deaths from COVID-19 occurred between the period of August 23 to September 25 and were recorded on Friday, bringing the total number of coronavirus deaths in Jamaica to 1,884.

A 53-year-old man from Trelawny and a 92-year-old woman from St Elizabeth are among the deaths from COVID.

There were 152 recoveries that day, bringing the total to 53,100.

The new confirmed cases of COVID-19 brought the total number recorded for the island to 84,417.

Notably, Jamaica recorded a positivity rate of 26.1%, based on samples tested on Friday. This is a relative increase from Thursday’s positivity rate of 23.9%.

Of the new confirmed cases, 196 are female and 152 are male, aged 51 days to 93 years.

The cases were Kingston and St Andrew (104), St Catherine (61), St Mary (29), St Ann (27), Trelawny (18), St James (18), Clarendon (18), Manchester (17), St Elizabeth (16), Westmoreland (16), Portland (12), Hanover (nine) and St Thomas (three).

There are 114 moderately ill patients, 81 critically ill patients and 41 critically ill patients among the 28,846 active cases currently under observation in Jamaica.

In total, 560 COVID-19 patients are now hospitalized locally.


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