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Five more COVID-deaths in Jamaica; baby among new cases

Jamaica has recorded five more COVID-19 deaths and 155 new cases of the virus.

Numbers released by the Ministry of Health and Wellness on Thursday (October 22) put the country’s case count at a total of 8,600 with the death toll at 179.

While the majority of the fatalities were recorded among individuals over the age of 60, a 39-year-old St James man was killed by the virus.

Two deaths now declared to be COVID-19 related, were previously described as under investigation.

Of the new cases, Kingston and St Andrew recorded the greatest number of new infections, with the parish having a total of 3,058 positive cases, or 35 per cent of the cases island-wide.

Another baby, a six-month-old, has also tested positive among the new infections, with at country having reported at least seven babies under the age of one-years-old having contracted the virus since the start of the pandemic.

The ministry says 164 cases are hospitalised with 19 considered moderately ill and eight deemed critically ill.

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