Another COVID-19 case linked to first patient; tally up to 13
Another person has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Jamaica, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country up to 13.
Speaking at a press briefing at Jamaica House on Tuesday, Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton said the latest case was associated with patient one, who was identified as the first person to test positive on the island.
He argued that the new positive test, which is associated with patient one, who came to the island from England, justifies the government's decision to quarantine the Seven Mile and Eight Mile area in Bull Bay in St Andrew, where she went for a family funeral.
The 58-year-old father of the first patient tested positive for COVID-19 last week. He was “discovered ill at home" on Tuesday, March 11", according to the health ministry.
A 34-year-old woman who was a close contact with the first patient also tested positive for COVID-19.
According to Tufton, the decision to quarantine is a part of the process of limiting the movement of individuals within the area to contain the spread of the virus.
He said that 11 more tests would be conducted between Tuesday and Wednesday.
So far, over 413 individuals have come into the island from countries that are hard hit by the coronavirus, Tufton said.
A total of 27 individuals are quarantined in government facilities and 52 quarantined at home, excluding those from the Seven Mile and Eight Mile, Bull Bay region.
Tufton said that 26 persons are in isolation in government facilities.