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Hospitalisations increase as COVID cases rise

MAJ President Dr. Andrew Manning
 
There has been a further increase in COVID-19 hospital admissions in Jamaica.
 
There are now 147 patients in hospital up from 134 on Saturday.
 
Sixteen of them are critically ill.
 
Jamaica also recorded 105 COVID-19 cases from 480 samples on Sunday.
 
The positivity rate is 18.1 per cent.
 
The total case count since March last year has risen to 52,089. 
 
An 81-year-old man from St. Mary and a 76-year-old man who lived in St. Ann are the latest persons to die from the virus.
 
The death toll is now 1,178.
 
 
MAJ worried 
                                                                                         
Dr. Andrew Manning, President of the Medical Association of Jamaica (MAJ), is worried that the rising COVID-19 cases could further cripple the struggling health system.
 
"We had had a lull in the last few months since the restrictions were placed but we can see that the bed occupancy in terms of COVID has increased. So we're definitely seeing more cases and there's going to be more pressure on the system and the system will reach to a point where we won't be able to cope with the surge and we want to prevent things before they reach to that point." 
 


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