Tag: Health


Jamaica’s COVID-19 Death Toll Now 3,283

Six more COVID-19 related deaths have been confirmed in Jamaica, bringing the country’s death toll since the start of the pandemic to 3,283. The health authorities also confirmed 73 more cases of the disease on Friday. These cases were detected in 528 samples, for an infection rate of 14.2 percent. The Ministry of Health & Wellness has reported that there […]


Jamaica Sees Slight Increase In COVID-19 Hospitalization

There was a slight increase in the number of persons hospitalized with COVID-19 on Saturday, with 118 patients admitted, up from 113 on Friday.  Four of the patients are severely ill and one critically ill. The Ministry of Health & Wellness confirmed 87 new cases from 700 samples on Saturday, resulting in an infection rate of 18 percent.   No new […]


Jamaica Has A Locally Transmitted Case Of The Monkeypox

Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, who made the disclosure, said that the case was confirmed “a couple hours ago.” It is the third confirmed case of the virus in the island. “The difference with this case is that it is a locally transmitted case. It is not an imported case as is the case with […]


COVID-19 Cases Climb In Jamaica

Jamaica’s daily COVID-19 case count has passed 400. The Ministry of Health has reported that 433 cases were confirmed from 4,336 samples on Sunday. This resulted in a positivity rate of 34 percent. Ninety-five patients are in the hospital. Three are critically ill. At the same time, five more COVID-19-related deaths were confirmed. The fatalities occurred during the period from […]


Monkeypox Spread Raises Alarm

With more than 90 cases of monkeypox confirmed in at least 12 countries, health officials have warned that all the necessary precautions should be put in place to offset any spread of the disease. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), monkeypox is a viral zoonosis (a virus transmitted to humans from animals) with symptoms very similar to those seen […]


COVID-19 Positivity Rate Rise To 37.9 Percent In Jamaica

The infections were confirmed from 2,688 samples, resulting in a positivity rate of 37.9 percent. Hospitalizations from COVID-19 have declined by four to 74. Two of the patients are severely ill and one is in critical condition. Three more COVID-19-related deaths have been confirmed. The deaths – two in St. Catherine and one in Westmoreland – occurred in August last […]


Gov’t Monitoring 5th Wave Of COVID-19 – PM

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in the country and will take appropriate action if required. “Clearly, if our monitoring shows that we need to take certain preventative actions, we will very quickly and very rapidly mobilize. We have never demobilized; we are still prepared and ready to act,” […]


Jamaica’s COVID-19 Positivity Rate Jumps To 23.8%

Jamaica’s COVID-19 positivity rate has increased to 23.8 percent amid the presence of the highly transmissible Omicron BA.2 variant. The Ministry of Health says 89 COVID-19 cases were confirmed on Monday from 2,216 samples. Hospitalizations from the virus have reached 37, up from 28 on Sunday. One of the patients is severely ill while two are in critical condition. Two […]


PAHO Continues To Partner With Member States To Boost Take-Up Of Vaccines

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) continues to partner with member countries having low COVID-19 immunization coverage, to boost the take-up of vaccines. PAHO Director, Dr. Carissa Etienne, who notes that there are adequate doses available “to meet demand everywhere in our region”, says the organization has been collaborating with stakeholders in planning and implementing national vaccine delivery strategies. “We […]


Jamaica — Drastic Decline In COVID-19 Hospitalizations

The Ministry of Health has reported 10 more COVID-19 related deaths in Jamaica. The death toll is now 2,825. Five of the deaths occurred in St. Catherine, four in St. Ann, and one in St. Mary. At the same time, COVID-19 hospitalizations have declined to less than 100. Ninety-seven patients remain in hospitals. Seven of them are severely ill and […]