Thursday 28 May, 2020

COVID-19: Confirmed cases now at 53 locally

Jamaica has now recorded 53 confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19), with six persons testing positive for the respiratory virus over the past 24 hours.

On the bright side, five persons who have fully recovered were discharged from hospitals over the last 48 hours. It means seven persons have now fully recovered from the disease.

They include ‘patient one’, the Bull Bay, St Andrew resident who holds dual Jamaican and United Kingdom citizenship. She travelled to the island from the UK on March 4 for a funeral, and several persons with whom she came in contact have since tested positive for the coronavirus. They include her father.

The Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton, made the announcement of the latest cases on Friday during a digital press conference at Jamaica House.

The latest cases are:

1). A 58-year-old man from Manchester who is a contact of a confirmed case.

2). A 57-year-old man from Kingston and St Andrew who is a contact of a confirmed case.

3). A 40-year-old man from Kingston and St Andrew whose mode of transmission is under investigation.

4). A 23-year-old man from Clarendon who is the contact of a confirmed case.

5) A 42-year-old man from Clarendon with a travel history from the United States.

6) A 22-year-old woman from Clarendon who is a contact of a confirmed case.

Jamaica has more than doubled its number of COVID-19 cases within one week, moving from 26 on Friday, March 27 to 53 on April 3.

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