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COVID-related hospitalisations hit record 35, new cases jump by 11

Published:Monday | August 3, 2020 | 12:00 AM
The Health Ministry said the 35 hospitalisations include eight patients who are moderately ill. This is the highest ever number of patients counted as moderately ill.

The Health Ministry is reporting that Jamaica has seen a record increase in the number of COVID-related hospitalisations.

According to the ministry, 35 people confirmed or suspected, are now hospitalised.

The ministry said this number includes eight patients who are moderately ill.

This is also the highest ever number of patients counted as moderately ill.

At the same time, there were 11 new COVID-19 cases today pushing the tally to 905 with 743 recoveries.

Nine of the cases have addresses in St Thomas and are contacts of confirmed cases.

One case is from St Catherine and is a contact of a confirmed case.

The remaining case was imported on a flight from the USA with the patient staying in St Ann.

With 50 of total number of confirmed patients returning to their countries of origin, there are now 100 active COVID cases in Jamaica.

On Sunday, the Health Ministry reported two COVID-19-related deaths.

One case was a 64-year-old man from Clarendon who died on July 21 while the second case was a 73-year-old female from St Thomas who died on July 31.

The ministry said both cases were detected through the hospital respiratory surveillance system and COVID-19 confirmation came after death.

Both patients reportedly had multiple co-morbidities and died within hours of presenting at the Accident and Emergency Departments of two public hospitals, where they were undergoing treatment.

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