Jamaica’s COVID-19 Cases Jump To 125

According to Jamaica’s Health Ministry, 20 new cases of COVID-19 has brought the country’s number up to a total of 125.

The 20 additional confirmed cases include 5 males and 15 females, with ages ranging from 2 years to 43 years.

Two (2) cases are imported – one is a 2-year-old male from St. James, and the other is a 43-year-old female from St. Catherine.

The other 18 individuals are from St Catherine and arise out of an investigation of a BPO site, Alorica, from which there have been other confirmed cases.

This brings to 52, the number of confirmed cases working at Alorica.

Their ages range from 18 to 34 years and include 41 females and 11 males.

There are 47 individuals from St Catherine, 3 from Kingston and St. Andrew, 1 from Clarendon and 1 from Portland.

There are now 33 imported cases, 34 cases are contacts of a confirmed case, 6 are local transmission cases not epidemiologically linked and 52 cases are under the Alorica investigation.

Some 51(41%) confirmed cases are male and 74 (59%) are female, while the ages of all confirmed cases range from 2 to 87 years old.

The health departments across the island are currently tracing approximately 432 close contacts of the confirmed cases.

The National Influenza Centre has also advised that to date, a total of 1,391 samples have been tested including those for Severe Acute Respiratory Infections (SARI) resulting in 1,258 negative and 125 positive with eight samples pending.

The total number of persons recovered and released from the hospital is 21 while, there are 5 deaths.

The fifth death is a 63-year-old female from Portland, who died on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.

Currently, 66 patients remain in isolation, and 21 persons are in quarantine at a government facility.

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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