Thursday 28 May, 2020

COVID-19: Confirmed cases up to 47 locally

Jamaica’s confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) count now stands at 47, with three newly confirmed cases within the last 24 hours.

Two of the three are a couple – a 79-year-old man and a 73-year-old woman with a travel history from New York.

There is also a 32-year-old man from Portland with no travel history.

The latest cases are from a batch of five for which results were pending. Three came back positive, while two tested negative, the Ministry of Health and Wellness said in a tweet on Thursday.

The ministry said the mode of transmission for the Portland man is under investigation.

There are now 27 imported cases of COVID-19 in Jamaica, 17 are imported-related, and three are under investigation.

According to the ministry, Jamaica has now conducted 476 tests, of which 47 are positive, three are pending, while 426 were negative.

The latest results mean Jamaica has seen 21 new cases of COVID-19 in just six days, as there were only 26 confirmed cases of the respiratory disease on the island up to last Friday.

COVID-19 cases have now surged past the one million mark worldwide, with nearly 53,000 deaths. The United States with 240,000 cases, has the most of any country. New York in the US has more than 92,000 of those confirmed cases.

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