Friday 18 September, 2020

Jamaica confirms 15 new coronavirus cases

Jamaica has confirmed 15 new COVID-19 cases in the island over the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases for the country to 920. At the same time, two patients have been numbered among those recovered and released from care, the Ministry of Health and Wellness said.

The ministry noted that the new cases consist of five females and 10 males with ages ranging from 23 to 59 years.

Four of the cases have addresses in St Thomas with three classified as contacts of confirmed cases and one case that is currently under investigation. There are eight cases with addresses in Clarendon, including seven classified as imported and one which is a contact of a confirmed case. The remaining three cases, one from Kingston and St Andrew and two from St Catherine, are classified as contacts of confirmed cases, the ministry said.

In the meantime, total recoveries from COVID-19 now stand at 745 (81 per cent recovery rate).

Jamaica now has 113 (12 per cent) active cases under observation with eight moderately ill patients. There are no critically ill patients at this time, while 50 (five per cent) cases have returned to their countries of origin.

The COVID-19 case record for Jamaica now consists of 348 imported cases; 267 cases are contacts of confirmed cases; 60 are local transmission cases not epidemiologically linked; 236 are related to the workplace cluster in St. Catherine and nine are under investigation. Some 517 (56 per cent) of all confirmed cases are females and 403 (44 per cent) are males. They range in age from two months to 87 years.

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