Minister — Increase In COVID-19 Cases Cause For Concern

According to Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton, the recent spike in coronavirus cases places Jamaica in a spot of bother and is cause for concern.

The country, in its latest update, reported a total of 920 cases.

Meantime, the hospitalization figure has risen to 44, an increase of 26% between two days.

The number of COVID-19 deaths has now moved to 12 following two persons’ passing over the weekend.

 In a recent press report, the Health Minister pointed to the number of cases imported and lamented some people’s irresponsible behavior, which is fostering the rise in the disease.

 “…We have over 239 cases that have been imported for the month of June and July, and in the case of the last two deaths, those two persons died having come into the hospital within 24 hours, based on respiratory ailments that they had, respiratory distress.”

He added, “What all of this means – it means that we are assessing the situation. We have to intervene in more communities. We have some 23,000 Jamaicans who are in homestay under home quarantine arrangements, and the truth is, not all of them are abiding by the home quarantining arrangement. What that is doing is increasing the risk.”

The range in age of people affected by the coronavirus in the island is two months to 87 years.

Jamaican officials confirmed the first case of coronavirus on the Caribbean island, March 9, 2020.

Nigel Bell, Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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