Sunday 7 June, 2020

Schools advised not to send teams to Penns over coronavirus fear

Action from the 2019 Penn Relays in Pennsylvania, United States.

Action from the 2019 Penn Relays in Pennsylvania, United States.

The Government has advised schools that normally participate in the annual Penn Relays in Pennsylvania in the United States not to send teams to this year’s event.

This was announced Tuesday by the Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton during a hastily-called press conference where he announced Jamaica’s first case of the dreaded coronavirus, Covid-19, an imported one.

In terms of the Penn Relays, Tufton said the Ministry of Education, through instructions from the Cabinet, “has advised schools around not to participate in the Penn Relays this year”.

And, in his prepared statement at Tuesday’s press conference, Tufton said “public gatherings are being discouraged at this time, as well as non-essential travel”

The first case of the dreaded coronavirus  - a female - has dual Jamaican-UK citizenship. She arrived in the island on March 4 but did not show symptoms until March 9 when she went to her doctor and was tested.

Tufton announced the positive test at the press conference where he also said ministry staff had informed the woman’s family and would now be engaging in contact tracing to try and determine who she may have come in contact with outside her family.


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