Jamaica has logged a record 468 positive cases of COVID-19 in a 24 hour period, even as the public health system increases its testing across the island. These positives come from a set of 1,503 new samples that were tested in the last 24 hours and brings the island’s COVID-19 case count to 19,773. The island’s daily positivity rate now stands at 31.13%
Kingston & St. Andrew (172), St. Catherine (75), Manchester (59) and St. James (29) were the parishes accounting for the largest contribution to the record number of cases. The country is now managing some 6,513 cases across the island while some 251 of the active cases requiring hospitalization. There are now 49 moderately ill COVID-19 patients and 19 more are in critical condition.
There were 49 patients, who have recovered from COVID-19 and have been released from isolation in the last 24 hours.
Members of the public are again asked to take every precaution to guard against the spread of this disease. Jamaicans must adhere to the provisions under the Disaster Risk Management Act, even as they increase their vigilance to the infection prevention and control measures – washing hands frequently or using hand sanitizer, keeping a physical distance of six feet from others; wearing masks and avoiding crowded situations.