The University Hospital of the West Indies, UHWI, in St. Andrew and Princess Margaret Hospital in St. Thomas have reached their capacity on the COVID-19 Wards.

That’s according to a statement from the Ministry of Health and Wellness last evening.

The Ministry says 107 beds are occupied by patients receiving care.

However, they noted that there are 200 more beds dedicated to COVID-19 available in at other public health institutions.

The Ministry says the necessary protocols and logistics are already in place, if there’s a need to transfer or admit patients to any facility in the public health system.

In the last 24 hours, the country recorded 72 new confirmed COVID-19 cases.

These bring the total cases on record for the island to 1,804.

Over the same period, recoveries increased by six, bringing total recoveries to 846 – 48 percent recovery rate.

There are seven moderately ill patients and four critically ill patients.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton says a surge in Covid-19 cases has increased the exposure of frontline workers to Covid-19.

In response to several health care workers recently testing positive for Covid-19, Dr. Tufton says it was expected that frontline workers would contract the virus.

He pointed out that the aim of the government at this time is to minimize hospitalization and deaths.

However Dr. Tufton noted that frontline workers are still needed.

The Health Minister pointed out that the success in the fight against Covid-19 should not only be measured by the number of positive cases.

Dr Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health

The Health Ministry reported that 8 staff members at the Kingston Public Hospital KPH have tested positive for Covid 19.

Nine healthcare workers across the island have also tested positive for the virus.