Thursday 22 October, 2020

Five more COVID-19 deaths and 210 new cases recorded in 24 hours

The Ministry of Health has announced five more COVID-19-related deaths on record locally within a 24-hour period ending Wednesday afternoon, bringing the total confirmed COVID-19 death toll nationally to 51.

The five new COVID-19-related deaths on record are:

  • An 81-year-old female from the Corporate Area who had congestive cardiac failure, diabetes and hypertension
  • A 71-year-old-female from St Catherine who had diabetes and hypertension
  • A 69-year-old male from the Corporate Area

Two deaths that were formerly placed under investigation, have been confirmed as COVID-19-related deaths.

They are:

  • a 76-year-old female from St Catherine who had a history of hypertension and diabetes
  • A 46-year-old female from Westmoreland who had a terminal illness.

In addition, there are four deaths under investigation.

Additionally, the ministry advised of 210 new cases of the virus over the same 24-hour period, bringing the total number of confirmed positive cases nationally to 4,374.

The new cases include 110 females and 100 males, ranging in age from 79 days to 88 years.

Kingston and St Andrew, St Catherine and Portland lead the way among the new cases, with 67, 39 and 22 cases, respectively.

Over the 24-hour period, a total of 1,051 samples were tested, the ministry reported.

And recoveries also increased over the period, with 45 new recoveries being recorded.

The ministry also reported that of 111 persons now hospitalised for the virus, 22 are moderately ill, while eight are classified as being critically ill.

There are now 13 persons in Government quarantine facilities, and 25,724 in home quarantine.

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