Thursday 22 October, 2020

Six more confirmed COVID-19 cases; tally now 550

Ministry of Health and Wellness is reporting that in the last 24 hours, the island recorded another six confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 550.

The Health Ministry in a release said at the same time COVID-19 recoveries has hit the 200 mark, in the last 24 hour period, as nine more Jamaicans were released from care. The island now has a 36 per cent recovery rate.

Of the six confirmed cases, five are new cases from among the repatriated Jamaicans – one (1) arriving from the United Kingdom on May 6 and four (4) via cruise ship at the Falmouth Pier on May 19.

“There are four males and one female, ranging in age from 26 to 53 years, who comprise these five (5) new imported cases. Two (2) of the five are from Kingston and St. Andrew; two (2) are from St. Catherine; and one (1) from St. Ann,” the health ministry release stated.

The sixth case is under investigation from Kingston & St. Andrew. Jamaica now has 62 imported cases; 211 contacts of confirmed cases; 26 local transmission cases not epidemiologically linked; 234 linked to a workplace cluster; and 17 under investigation. Some 326 or 59% of the confirmed cases are females and 224 or 41% are males.

They continue to range in age from 2 months to 87 years. The island’s total testing numbers are now 9,923. Of that 9,923, in addition to the 550 positives, there are 9,341 negatives and 32 pending, the ministry release said.

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