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Five more COVID-19 deaths, 149 new cases

An additional five COVID-19 related deaths and 149 new cases were recorded across Jamaica on Thursday, according to the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

The deceased - a 79-year-old female, a 71-year-old female, a 76-year-old male, a 99-year-old male and a 94-year-old female - are all from St Catherine. One of the deaths was previously classified as being under investigation.

The latest fatalities bring the death toll from the coronavirus in Jamaica to 116.

The 149 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases bring the total number cases on record for the island to 6,704. Recoveries increased by 121, bringing total recoveries to 2,112.

Of the newly confirmed cases, 82 are females and 66 are males, with the sex of one person not yet classified. Ages range from 11 days to 88 years. The cases were recorded in Kingston and St Andrew (72), St Catherine (23), St Elizabeth (12), St Ann (10), St James (seven), Manchester (six), Clarendon (six), St Mary (four), Portland (three), Trelawny (two), Westmoreland (two) and Hanover (one). The parish classification of one case is "unknown". 

Thirty-three moderately ill patients and 15 critically ill patients are among the 4,386 active cases now under observation in Jamaica.