Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. Christopher Tufton, announced at a virtual press conference that two additional new coronavirus cases have pushed Jamaica’s total to 471.
“This brings the total to 471 confirmed cases on the island. The two new cases are one male, age 12, from St. Catherine and one female, 20, from the parish of Clarendon. Both are contacts of confirmed cases based on contact tracing,” Dr. Tufton said in his latest update.
He noted that there are 221 confirmed COVID-19 cases related to the workplace cluster in St. Catherine and many contacts of those cases and that these constitute the majority of cases in Jamaica to date.
Jamaica recorded 35 imported cases; 168 cases that are contacts of a confirmed case; nine that are local transmission cases, not linked epidemiologically; and 38 cases remain under investigation.
Sixty-two percent of the confirmed cases are females and 38 percent are males. Eleven more persons have now recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 49.
“We are certainly seeing an increase in the number of recoveries, which is a very positive development,” Dr. Tufton said.
Unfortunately, nine persons have died from the virus, the Minister noted.
Jamaican officials confirmed the first case of coronavirus on the Caribbean island, March 9, 2020.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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