Monday 26 October, 2020

Another COVID-19 death; 98 new cases confirmed in 24 hours

Within the last 24 hours into Thursday afternoon, 98 persons have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), bring the total number of confirmed cases in Jamaica to 1,290.

At the same time, another person has died from complications with the virus, bringing to 15 the number of COVID-19-related fatalities nationally.

The deceased is a 74-year-old male from Clarendon.

Meanwhile, 16 more patients have recovered from the virus, increasing the number of recoveries to 788.

Health and Wellness Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, gave the update during the ministry’s weekly COVID Conversations digital press conference on Thursday.

He said of the newly confirmed cases, 46 are females and 52 are males, with ages ranging from four to 80 years.

The cases were recorded in Kingston and St Andrew (53), St Catherine (17), Clarendon (seven), St Thomas (five), St James (four), Manchester (four), St Mary (three), St Ann (three), and Westmoreland (two).

Ten of the 98 new cases are imported, with eight arriving from the United States of America (USA) and two from India.

Seven are contacts of confirmed cases, while 80 are under investigation.

Tufton said 10 of the new cases are from the backlog of samples that were being tested.

Of the 1,290 cases of COVID-19 in the island to date, 429 are imported; 404 are contacts of confirmed cases; 104 are local transmission not epidemiologically linked; 236 are related to the workplace cluster in St Catherine; and 117 cases are under investigation.

Of all the confirmed cases, 692 (54 per cent) are females, and there are 598 (46 per cent) males, with ages ranging from two months to 88 years.

So far, 50,683 samples have been tested, with 49,279 negative and 114 pending.

Within the 24-hour period up to Thursday afternoon, 1,468 new samples were tested.

In addition, there are 416 active cases under observation.

There are eight moderately ill patients and one person who is critically ill.

Nine persons of interest are in quarantine at Government facilities, while 28,741 are in home quarantine.

In relation to Albion and Seaforth in St Thomas, which were placed under quarantine on Thursday, Tufton said the communities have seen 13 new cases over the last three weeks.

“Many of the cases are symptomatic, which is a cause for concern and suggests that there may be ongoing transmission in the communities,” he stated.

The quarantine period in the communities is to run for 14 days ending September 2.

Sandy Bay in Clarendon and Lower Summit, Church Corner and Bamboo River in St Thomas were placed under quarantine on August 6, due to a jump in cases of the virus in the areas, and the period of quarantine for those communities has since been extended to September 2.

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