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Two more COVID-19 deaths, 74 new cases

Published:Thursday | September 3, 2020 | 11:05 PM

The Ministry of Health and Wellness is reporting that two more persons have died due to COVID-19.

Jamaica also recorded 74 new positives in the last 24 hours, pushing the tally to 2,896.

The ministry says the two latest COVID-19-related deaths are an 81-year-old woman from St Ann and a 35-year-old male from Manchester.

Both deceased had comorbidities, namely diabetes and hypertension, the ministry said.

There are now 29 COVID-19-related deaths in Jamaica.

The health ministry notes that the island has also recorded one additional case of a coincidental death of a person confirmed with SARS-CoV-2.

It says this is the case that was previously recorded as a death under investigation.

The case is a 56-year-old male from Clarendon.

New Cases

Of the 74 new cases, 36 are females and 38 are males, with ages ranging from 12 to 76 years.

They have addresses in Kingston and St Andrew (25), St Catherine (14), St Thomas (5), Manchester (6), St Ann (1), St. James (1), St Elizabeth (21), and Westmoreland (1).

The health ministry says all of the new cases are under investigation.

At this time, there are 459 imported cases; 659 cases that are contacts of confirmed cases; 236 related to the workplace cluster in St Catherine; 242 local transmissions not epidemiologically linked, and 1,300 under investigation.

Some 1,587 (55%) of the total confirmed cases are females and 1,307 (45%) are males, with ages ranging from 13 days to 97 years. The sex of two of the cases is under investigation.

There are currently 1,873 active cases being monitored, including seven critically ill persons and 11 who are moderately ill, the ministry said.

Recoveries

Recoveries are now up to 921 or 31.8%.

Seventy-one or 2.5% of persons have returned to their countries of origin.

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