Chevon Campbell reports

Hospitalizations in Jamaica is nearing the peak of the second wave with the country only 4 weeks into the third wave.

At the peak of the second wave between December and March, hospitalizations were recorded at 477.

With only 4-weeks into the third wave, the latest update from the Health Ministry on Sunday said that Jamaica had recorded 421 COVID hospitalizations.

This is only 56 less than the number of cases recorded at the peak of the second wave.

Of the current hospitalizations, 95 patients are moderately ill and 44 are critical.

Recently the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jacqueline Bisasor McKenzie warned that the third wave is already shaping up to be different.

She had attributed this to the rapid increase of the positivity rate.

This morning the positivity rate continues to inch closer to 40 percent.

In the latest update on Sunday, the positivity rate stood at 38.4 percent.

1,534 samples were tested.

Meanwhile, the nation has now recorded its highest number of cases under the third wave.

Jamaica has recorded 656 new cases of COVID-19 infections.

The total number of infections seen by the island now moves to 57,945.

The majority of the cases are in Kingston and St. Andrew with 116.

Westmoreland follows with 82 and rounding out the top three is Manchester with 77 cases.

In the meantime, the country has confirmed 15 more COVID-19 related deaths.

The deaths occurred between August 5 and 13.

The majority of the deceased are from the second most affected parish, Westmoreland.

Nine of the 15 deceased are from Westmoreland.

Another three are from Clarendon, two from St. James and one from Manchester.

And 27 people have recovered in the latest update.

This brings the total number of recoveries to 47,438.