Saturday 19 September, 2020

Two more confirmed COVID-19 cases

Prime Minister Andrew Holness at a COVID-19 press briefing at Jamaica House. (File photo)

Prime Minister Andrew Holness at a COVID-19 press briefing at Jamaica House. (File photo)

Two more persons have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) within the last 24 hours up to Monday afternoon, pushing Jamaica’s total number of confirmed cases to 698.

The latest update was provided by Prime Minister Andrew Holness during a digital COVID-19 press conference from Jamaica House on Monday evening. Holness said 13 patients are presently hospitalised, including suspected positive cases, while 13 more are in government facilities.

Meanwhile, the prime minister announced that 82 of Jamaica’s total of 162 imported cases of COVID-19 came in during the month of June when the country’s borders were reopened to Jamaicans and visitors. Non-Jamaicans started coming in on June 15.

The prime minister pointed to a COVID-19 positive rate of 0.7 per cent at present, which was noted to be much lower than the 2.5 per cent positive rate that the Government had projected.

“We could declare today that the programme of re-entry (June 1-15) and then the programme of controlled entry (June 15-30)... generally you could say that those two programmes were successful…,” said Holness.

“We managed to bring in our Jamaicans safely, and we managed to bring in visitors and residents safely,” he added.

But despite the success, Holness stressed that as a country, Jamaica is not yet out of the woods. As such, he is appealing to all Jamaicans to continue to abide by the protocols and orders that are in place to limit the spread of the virus. These include the wearing of masks, regular hand sanitising, social distancing and generally being “careful about your personal health and personal interactions”.

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