Thursday 28 May, 2020

Jamaica confirms two new COVID-19 cases; tally up to 32

There are two new coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in Jamaica, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the island to 32.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness made the announcement in a news release on Saturday evening.

The two new cases involve a 70-year-old female from St Catherine with no travel history; and a 67-year-old female from Kingston with a travel history from the United Kingdom, the ministry said.

Of the now 32 confirmed cases, 21 are imported cases and eight are import-related. Three cases, including the infection of the 70-year-old St Catherine female, are under investigation.

Thirty-four persons are under quarantine in a Government facility – not including the 140 Cuban health care workers who came into the island on March 21 and who are under quarantine for another seven days, the ministry said, adding that there are 289 persons under home quarantine – not including the residents of Corn Piece Settlement in Clarendon who are under community quarantine until April 2. Thirty-eight persons are in isolation.

The island has so far tested 257 samples, including 61 that were tested for Severe Acute Respiratory Infections. Thirty-two of the 257 tested positive and 221 tested negative. This represents a positivity yield of 12.5 per cent. Four results are pending.

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