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Jamaica reporting spike in hospitalisations, COVID-19 cases surpass 900

Thirty-five individuals are in hospital being treated for the coronavirus, this represents the highest number of individuals deemed as “moderately ill” since the start of the pandemic.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) made the revelation  in a release on Monday (August 3) adding that the country had also recorded eleven new COVID-19 cases, bringing the island’s tally to 905.

The newly confirmed cases consist of six females and five males with ages ranging from six to 76 years.

Nine 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 is an imported case, who arrived recently on a flight from the USA, this case stayed in St. Ann.

Jamaica currently has 100 active cases of the coronavirus, while recoveries remained at 743 (82.1%), and 50 (5.5%) cases have returned to their countries of origin.

The MOHW also used the opportunity to share details about the latest COVID-19 related deaths.

According to the MOHW, one case was a 64-year-old male from Clarendon who died on July 21, 2020, while the second case was a 73-year-old female from St. Thomas who died on July 31, 2020.

Both cases were detected through the hospital respiratory surveillance system and COVID-19 confirmation came after death.

The two patients 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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