Saturday 24 October, 2020

One more COVID-19 death recorded locally in 24 hours; 159 new cases

The Ministry of Health and Wellness has announced the recording of one more COVID-19-related death locally within a 24-hour period ending Saturday afternoon, bringing the confirmed COVID-19 death toll nationally to 139.

The new COVID-19-related death is of a 66-year-old male from St Elizabeth.

Additionally, the ministry has advised of 159 new cases of the virus over the same 24-hour period, bringing the total number of confirmed positive cases nationally to 7,718.

The new cases include 71 males and 86 females, with the sex involved being under investigation in two cases.

The ages among the new cases range from three to 86 years.

St James led the way among the new cases, with 35, followed closest by Kingston and St Andrew with 33, St Elizabeth 19, Manchester 16, and St Catherine with 13.

Over the 24-hour period, a total of 633 samples were tested, the ministry reported.

And recoveries also increased over the period, with 20 cases being recorded.

The ministry also reported that of 142 persons now hospitalised for the virus, 27 are moderately ill, while 16 are classified as being critically ill.

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