The Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) late Friday (August 21) said that the island had recorded 56 new COVID-19 cases, in addition to one new virus-related death.
The new cases bring Jamaica’s COVID-19 tally to 1,346.
Of the newly confirmed cases the majority are under investigation with nine of the new positives linked to contacts of confirmed cases, five described as “local transmission not epidemiologically linked” and two having arrived on flights from the US and UK respectively.
At this time the MOHW said that four patients were critically ill while another seven were described as moderately ill.
Addressing the latest COVID-19 death, the ministry revealed that the deceased, a 69-year-old female from Manchester, was an imported case.
The latest stats from the ministry reveal that Jamaica’s COVID-19 situation continues to worsen, with the country reporting a 61 per cent recovery rate down from a month ago when the recovery rate stood at 87.7 per cent.