Thursday 22 October, 2020

Five new COVID-19 cases into Saturday; 17 more recoveries

Over a 24-hour period into Saturday afternoon, Jamaica has recorded five new COVID-19 cases and 17 additional recoveries.

The island now has 883 confirmed positives on record, and 743 recoveries.

The newly confirmed cases are comprised of two females and three males, with ages ranging from 33 to 60 years. They have addresses in Kingston and St. Andrew (one), Clarendon (one), Manchester (one), St Ann (one) and St Thomas (one).

Three of the five cases were imported, the individuals having arrived in the island recently via flights from the United States.

The other two cases are under investigation.

At present there are 338 imported cases; 246 cases that are contacts of confirmed cases; 44 local transmission cases not epidemiologically linked; 236 related to the workplace cluster in St Catherine; and 19 under investigation.

Some 499 (57 per cent) of the cases are females, and 384 (43 per cent) are males. They range in age from two months to 87 years.

Of the 883 confirmed positives, in addition to the 743 (84.1 per cent) who have recovered, 48 (5.4 per cent) have been repatriated to their countries of origin; and 10 (1.1 per cent) have died.

There are 82 (9.3 per cent) active cases currently under observation, including one moderately ill patient.

There is no critically ill person at present.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness is advising members of the public to remain vigilant in the practice of COVID-19 prevention and control measures, including the frequent washing of hands with soap and water; maintaining the prescribed six-foot physical distance from others; and wearing a mask when in public.

Persons coming into the country are reminded that they must comply with quarantine orders to help to protect their own health and the health of others.

For further information, the Ministry of Health and Wellness can be contacted by phone at 888-ONE-LOVE (888-663-5683) or email at

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