Five people died from COVID-19 in Jamaica on Saturday, as the country recorded another batch of positive cases.

Jamaica recorded another 458 cases of the infectious disease, taking the overall total number of infections since March last year to 21,382.

The five deaths comprise of a 47-year-old woman and a 64-year-old man; the deaths of two women aged 64 and 55; and an 87-year-old man.

Their deaths have increased the total number of fatalities from COVID-19 in Jamaica to 396.

One other death is under investigation and two other fatalities were deemed coincidental.

Two hundred and forty-five people are now in hospital, as hospitals are trying their best to cope with the upsurge in positive cases. There has been a 45 percent increase over the previous day in the numbers of patients critically ill, which have increased to 29 people, and 68 are experiencing moderate effects of the disease.



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