Jamaica’s COVID-19 death toll nears 1,000 as 14 more die from virus

Jamaica’s COVID-19 death toll is inching closer to the 1,000 mark after 14 individuals succumbed to the virus on Tuesday (June 8) pushing the number of deaths to 988.

According to data released by the Ministry of Health and Wellness, the newly reported deaths were all previously described as “under investigation” and were mainly recorded in the parish of St James which accounted for 9 of the deceased.  

In addition, Jamaica recorded 59 new infections from 4,343 samples.

The COVID-19 positivity rate has declined to 8.7% which correlates with the decrease in active cases which now stands at 20,900.