Saturday 19 September, 2020

Six new COVID-19 cases recorded in Jamaica

Dr Christopher Tufton (File photo)

Dr Christopher Tufton (File photo)

Six new samples have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) within the last 24 hours into Thursday afternoon, which brings the total number of confirmed cases in Jamaica to 1,071.

Health and Wellness Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, gave an update during the ministry’s COVID Conversations Digital Press Conference on Thursday at its New Kingston offices.

Tufton said the newly confirmed cases are one female and five males with ages ranging from 10 to 61 years.

The cases were recorded in the parishes of Kingston and St Andrew with three cases; St Thomas with two cases, and St Catherine with one case.

“Three [of the newly confirmed] cases are contacts of confirmed cases and three are under investigation,” said the minister.

“In terms of recoveries, one additional case has recovered and has been released from care. Total recoveries are now at 754 (a 70.7 per cent recovery rate),” he added.

Tufton noted that there are now 241 (22.5 per cent) active cases under observation, six moderately ill patients, and one critically ill patient.

The 1,071 cases are classified as 388 imported; 340 that are contacts of confirmed cases; 75 local transmission not epidemiologically linked; 236 related to the workplace cluster in St Catherine; and 32 cases are under investigation.

Sixty-two (5.8 per cent) patients have been repatriated to their countries of origin.

So far, 45,279 samples have been tested, with 44,126 negative and 84 pending. Within the 24-hour period 354 new samples were tested.

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