(CMR) Jamaica shattered its previous record for the most COVID-19 cases recorded in a day, with 468 positive cases on Monday.
The new cases also pushed Jamaica closer to 20,000 cases of the coronavirus, with a total of 19,773 confirmed cases since March 2020. The country currently has 6,513 active cases.
Despite the significant increase in cases on Monday, no new deaths were reported.
Kingston and St Andrew recorded the highest number of new cases with 172, followed by St Catherine with 75 and Manchester with 59.
St Thomas and Portland were the only parishes to record single-digit cases with six and eight, respectively.
Meantime Health and Wellness Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton said an additional 133 beds would be put in the public health system over the next few weeks to manage the surge in COVID-19 cases.
This will include field hospitals in Falmouth and Manchester.
Last week the Mandeville Regional Hospital COVID-19 ward reached its capacity, and arrangements were being made to house patients elsewhere.