Home Health & Wealth 643 new COVID cases, 18 deaths recorded in 24 hours

643 new COVID cases, 18 deaths recorded in 24 hours

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An additional 643 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in Jamaica over a 24-hour period up to Sunday afternoon, according to the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

Eighteen more COVID-19 deaths occurred over the period September 1-4 and were recorded on Sunday, bringing the overall coronavirus death toll in Jamaica to 1,637.

A 39-year-old male from St Ann and an 88-year-old female from St Mary are among the latest COVID fatalities.

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

There were also 114 recoveries on the day, bringing the overall tally to 48,921.

The newly confirmed COVID-19 cases brought the total number on record for the island to 71,987.

At the same time, Jamaica recorded a positivity rate of 43.7 percent, based on the samples that were tested on Sunday.

Of the newly confirmed cases, 396 are females and 247 are males, with ages ranging from three months to 105 years.

The cases were comprised of Kingston and St Andrew (97), St Catherine (87), St James (67), St Thomas (67), Clarendon (65), St Ann (53), Trelawny (48), St Elizabeth (43), Westmoreland (33), Manchester (31), Hanover (25), St Mary (17), and Portland (10).

There are 175 moderately ill patients, 121 severely ill patients, and 53 critically ill patients among the 20,967 active cases now under observation in Jamaica.

A total of 699 COVID-19 patients are now hospitalized locally.