288 new COVID cases, 5 deaths

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica on Wednesday reported 288 new cases of COVID-19 and five more virus-related deaths.

This brings the total number of cases recorded on the island since the start of the pandemic to 133,538 and the death toll to 3,018.

Of the newly reported cases, there were 165 females and 123 males with ages ranging from one day to 108 years.

The cases were recorded in Kingston and St Andrew (64), St James (46), St Ann (21), St Catherine (73), Westmoreland (seven), Hanover (six), St Elizabeth (six), St Mary (six), Trelawny (one), Clarendon (25), Manchester (27), St Thomas (three) and Portland (four).

Meanwhile, the latest fatalities are all from St Catherine. The deaths comprise a 38-year-old female; an 84-year-old male and a 52-year-old male who all died in April 2021; and an 88-year-old male who died in May 2021 and a 72-year-old female who died in September 2021.

According to the latest statistics from the Ministry of Health and Wellness, the country also recorded 152 new recoveries, bringing the total number of recoveries to 85,664.

The country’s positivity rate from the latest batch of testing is 27.6 per cent.

There are 2,304 active cases on the island.

Approximately 78 patients have been hospitalised, two of them critically ill.

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