Jamaica hits record high of 929 new COVID cases and 21 more deathsPhoto courtesy the Jamaica Observer

Jamaica hits record high of 929 new COVID cases and 21 more deaths

Jamaica hit a new record high for COVID-19 cases in a 24-hour period on Saturday as the island reported 929 new infections along with an additional 21 virus-related deaths, pushing the total number of confirmed cases on the island since the outbreak to 66,663 and the confirmed deaths to 1,504.

The new cases comprise 540 females and 389 males with ages ranging from one day to 97 years.

With almost 145 confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients, Mandeville Regional Hospital (MRH) has resorted to placing some of those patients on mattresses and makeshift bed spaces where available.

At the same time, the facility yesterday also depleted its liquid oxygen supply and had to revert to the use of cylinders.

Yesterday a photograph of patients on mattresses on the floor, said to be inside the hospital, went viral on social media.

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