Monday 23 November, 2020

Two more COVID-19 deaths, along with 60 new positive cases

The Ministry of Health and Wellness has reported the deaths of two more persons due to COVID-19 in Jamaica.

The island also recorded 60 new cases of the virus within the last 24 hours into Saturday afternoon.

The two latest COVID-19-related deaths are of an 80-year-old female with a history of uncontrolled hypertension, and a 42-year-old male who was hypertensive, diabetic and obese. Both deceased persons were from the Corporate Area, and died while receiving treatment in hospital.

They brought to 32 the number of COVID-19-related deaths.

Elderly persons and persons with chronic illnesses are considered to be at higher risk for severe illness and death as a result of the coronavirus.

The 60 new positive cases recorded within the 24-hour period brought to 3,024 the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases for the island. Of the new cases, 30 are females and 30 are males, with ages ranging from four years to 78 years.

They have addresses in Kingston and St Andrew (34), Clarendon (six), St Catherine (seven), Manchester (seven), Portland (two), St Ann (one), St Elizabeth (one), Trelawny (one), and St Thomas (one).

Two of the new cases were local transmissions (not epidemiologically linked), while the other 58 are under investigation.

At present, there are 459 imported cases; 673 cases that are contacts of confirmed cases; 236 cases related to the workplace cluster in St Catherine; 243 cases that are local transmissions (not epidemiologically linked); and 1,413 cases are under investigation.

Some 1,651 (55 per cent) of the total number of confirmed cases are females, and 1,371 (45 per cent) are males. The sex of two of the cases is under investigation.

The ages of all the confirmed cases range from 13 days to 97 years.

Jamaica’s recovery numbers are now up to 950 (31.4 per cent) with the discharge of 28 more persons from care. There are currently 1,965 active cases being monitored, including 12 who are moderately ill and seven who are critically ill.

There are 71 (2.4 per cent) cases where the individuals have returned to their countries of origin, and 32 (1.0 per cent) who have died from complications with the virus.

There are three cases of coincidental death of a COVID-19-positive individuals and three other deaths that are under investigation.

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