Wednesday 12 August, 2020

Male tourist and Jamaican woman latest COVID-19 cases

Dr Christopher Tufton (File photo)

Dr Christopher Tufton (File photo)

A male tourist who stayed at a property in St Ann and a Jamaican woman have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 24 hours into Thursday afternoon.

Their positive results have pushed the number of coronavirus cases on the island to 753.

Health and Wellness Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, gave the update during a digital COVID-19 press briefing from the ministry’s New Kingston offices on Thursday evening.

Tufton said the tourist has since left the island, while the woman is of a St James address.

Jamaica now has 235 imported cases of COVID-19, 236 cases are contacts of confirmed cases, 39 are local transmission cases not epidemiologically linked; 236 are related to workplace cluster in St Catherine, and seven cases are under investigation.

Of the 753 confirmed cases, 603 or 80 per cent have recovered, while 19, or 2.5 per cent, have been repatriated, and while ten, or 1.3 per cent, have died.

There are currently 121 or 16 per cent of cases that are classified as active and are under observation.

There are no moderate or critically ill patients among the active cases.

“This is something that we are very happy for, because what this means is that while we do have positive cases, the risk to life, certainly as it relates to those persons who are impacted, is minimal at this time… and that is a good sign for us,” said Tufton.

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