Corporate Area leads the way in breakdown of COVID-19 cases
The Corporate Area of Kingston and St Andrew has recorded 12 cases of the novel coronavirus, the highest number for any of the island’s 14 parishes, according to the Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton.
The minister made the announcement on Wednesday during a COVID-19 digital press conference from his Ministry's New Kingston offices.
Overall, Jamaica has 44 confirmed cases of the feared respiratory disease.
The central Jamaica parish of Clarendon, with six new cases confirmed Wednesday, is next on the list with 10 overall cases. The new cases are linked to the 79-year-old man from Corn Piece Settlement who became the first person to die from COVID-19 in Jamaica in March.
Two other persons have since died.
A further breakdown shows that St Ann has five cases; the tourism capital of St James has four; St Catherine four; Manchester four; Westmoreland two; St Elizabeth one; St Mary one; Portland one; St Thomas zero; Hanover zero; and Trelawny zero.
The relatively high number of cases in Kingston and St Andrew would be particularly worrying for the health authorities since the Corporate Area is the most populous part of the country, with many densely populated inner-city communities. As such, any community spread of the virus could prove to be problematic.
# COVID-19 Cases Across the Parishes
Kingston and St Andrew: 12
St Ann: 5
St James: 4
St Catherine: 4
St Elizabeth: 1
St Mary: 1
St Thomas: 0