60.3 per cent COVID positivity rate; 1,098 new cases, 4 more deaths

Jamaica’s COVID-19 positivity rate rose to 60.3 per cent, amid 1,098 new COVID-19 cases recorded over 24 hours up to Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Ministry of Health and Wellness, four COVID-19 deaths occurred from January 2021 to September 2021, and were recorded on Tuesday, bringing the overall coronavirus death toll in Jamaica to 2,555.

An 80-year-old female from St Catherine is among the latest recorded COVID fatalities.

The separate death of one COVID-19 patient is under investigation by health authorities.

There were 200 recoveries on the day, bringing that tally to 67,681

The newly confirmed COVID-19 cases brought the total number on record for the island to 116,084.

Notably, the 60.3 per cent positivity rate was based on the samples that were tested on Tuesday.

Of the newly confirmed cases, 650 are females and 448 are males, with ages ranging from three days to 98 years.

The case count was made up of Kingston and St Andrew (380), St Catherine (204), St James (131), Clarendon (68), St Mary (65), Portland (48), St Thomas (44), Manchester (39), Trelawny (30), Westmoreland (30), St Ann (26), Hanover (26), and St Elizabeth (seven).

There are 134 moderately ill patients, 54 severely ill patients and 20 critically ill patients among 14,962 active cases now under observation in Jamaica.

A total of 577 COVID-19 patients are now hospitalised locally.

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