COVID Cases Shoot Past 1000; 14 Now Dead

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Jamaica has recorded another death from COVID-19, as 20 more people tested positive for the virus within the past 24 hours, pushing the country’s tally to 1,023.

This brings to 14 the total number of deaths in Jamaica due to the virus.

The deceased is a 37-year-old male from St Catherine. The Ministry of Health and Wellness said the case is a local transmission that is not epidemiologically linked.

The new cases include 14 females and six males with ages ranging from four months to 66 years old.

Of the 20 cases, one is imported with an address in St Thomas. Nine are contacts of confirmed cases, seven of which are from St Thomas and two from St Mary. The other 10 cases (nine from St Thomas and one from Kingston and St Andrew) are under investigation.

The ministry said 13 of the 17 St Thomas cases are related to investigations of cases from the community quarantined in the parish.

Recoveries remained at 745, while the country is managing 206 active cases, including six moderately ill patients.

There are no critically ill patients at this time and 58 cases have returned to their countries of origin.