A 12-year old boy and an 80-year old woman are the latest COVID- 19 patients in Jamaica to have died from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

The Health and Wellness Ministry says they both had co-morbidities and are both from Manchester.

In a statement last evening, the Health and Wellness Ministry said the passing of the pre-teen and the senior citizen bring the number of COVID-19 related deaths to 38, while four additional fatalities are being investigated.

It’s extending condolences to the relatives of the deceased.

In the meantime, the Health Ministry says the country has recorded an additional 114 confirmed cases of COVID 19 in the last round of test results , bringing the total number of positive cases to 3,437.

It says there were also 27 recoveries, bringing the total number to 10199 or 29% of confirmed cases so far.

The Ministry says of the 114 new cases, 47 are from the Corporate Area, 14 from Portland, 13 from Manchester, 12 from St James and the others from other parishes.

It says all the newly confirmed cases are under investigation.

According to the Health and Wellness Ministry, Jamaica now has 26 moderately ill COVID-19 patients and eight persons who are critically ill.
It says 71 of the cases recorded on the island, have returned to their countries of origin.

The Health Ministry says some 26-thousand persons of interest are quarantined at home while three are quarantined in government facilities.

It says Jamaica now has 45959 imported, 685 cases that are contacts of confirmed cases, 243 local transmission cases not epidemiologically linked, 236 cases that are related to the workplace cluster in St Catherine and 1814 cases that are under investigation.