Eight new COVID-19 cases; total now 564
Jamaica now has 564 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), an increase of eight in the last 24 hours.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness gave the update at a COVID-19 press conference at Jamaica House on Tuesday. He also revealed that 19 of the 1,044 Jamaican crew members of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Adventure of the Seas, who arrived in the island last week, have tested positive for COVID-19. They have since been quarantined in a Government facility.
Over 500 crew members are now in home quarantine.
Meanwhile, the prime minister expressed satisfaction with the increasing number of Jamaicans who have recovered from the virus.
“We’ve seen an acceleration in recoveries, with 238 recoveries to date with over 100 in the last week,” Holness said. He expressed regret that nine persons have died since the first case was confirmed in Jamaica on March 10. One person is currently critically ill.
And there are now 309 active COVID-19 cases in Jamaica.
The prime minister said, at this point in the epidemic, “the number of active cases (which is) the number of persons who still have the virus, is a more meaningful measure than the total number of confirmed cases”.