Friday 14 August, 2020

Tourist among three new COVID-19 cases

Jamaica has confirmed three new COVID-19 cases and 15 more recoveries in the last 24 hours.

This brings to 762 the total number of positives and to 643 the number of recoveries, the Ministry of Health and Wellness said in a news release on Tuesday evening.

The newly confirmed cases are all imported and are comprised of two females and one male. Their ages range from 27 to 55 years. Two of the cases – a tourist who stayed in St James and a Jamaican who stayed in Kingston and St Andrew – have repatriated. The third individual is a Jamaican resident of a Trelawny address, the ministry said.

There are 244 imported cases; 236 cases that are contacts of confirmed cases; 39 local transmission cases not epidemiologically linked; 236 related to the workplace cluster in St Catherine; and seven under investigation. Some 429 or 56 per cent of the confirmed cases are females and 333 or 44 per cent are males. Their ages range from two months to 87 years. Of the 762 cases confirmed with COVID-19, there are 86 or 11.3 per cent active cases currently under observation.

In addition to the 643 or 84.4 per cent recoveries, 23 or three per cent have repatriated, and 10 or 1.3 per cent have died. Testing numbers reached 28,603. Of that number, there are 27,784 negatives, the 762 positives and 57 pending.

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