(CMR) Two new-virus related deaths were reported in Jamaica on Thursday(October 5) brining the island's death toll to 217.
The deceased are a 64-year-old male from St Mary and a 70-year-old male from St Catherine; while two other deaths, 93-year-old male from Kingston and St Andrew and a 72-year-old female from St Catherine, are being described as coincidental.
In addition the island has recorded 47 new infections which brings the total number of COVID-19 cases to 9,373.
October 2020 is the deadliest month on record for the island, which reported 97 virus-relates fatalities up from 90 the month before.
The death toll increased from 111 at the beginning of the month to 209 by the month’s end; representing a percentage change of 88% when compared to September.
October also saw the highest volume of new infections which amounted to 2,576 when compared to the 1,741 new cases recorded in September.
While Jamaica has been under curfew measures since April 1, 2020 with the country experiencing relative success initially, in recent weeks the effectiveness of the curfew has began to lose it sting.
Over the weekend at least three persons lost their lives during shootouts at illegal parties, with party promoters arrested and hundreds fined for breaching COVID-19 restrictions.
With an uptick in breaches of COVID-19 regulations reported in the last few weeks, there are increased concerns that such risky behaviour could continue as some in the medical community seem to suggest that Jamaicans may be suffering from COVID-19 fatigue.