Friday 18 September, 2020

30 new COVID cases in 24 hours, including only 4 confirmed as imported

The number of COVID-19 cases in Jamaica surged by 30 over the last 24 hours into Thursday afternoon, pushing the total to 958.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness gave the number while speaking during a digital COVID-19 press conference at Jamaica House on Independence Day, Thursday August 6.

Of the newly confirmed cases, 19 are females and 11 are males, with ages ranging from six to 87 years.

Four are imported cases, three of whom have addresses in St James and the other in Clarendon. They arrived in the island in early July from the United States where the vast majority of imported cases have originated.

Two of the four imported cases have already left the island.

Of the remaining 26 new cases, 11 are from Clarendon, 11 from St Thomas, two are from Kingston and St Andrew, while St Catherine and St Mary have one each.

Health and Wellness Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, said five of the 26 cases are contacts of confirmed cases, while 21 are under investigation. He noted that “under investigation” means there is likely community spread of the virus.

Currently Jamaica has 352 imported cases; 278 cases are contacts of confirmed cases; 62 cases are local transmission cases not epidemiologically linked; 236 are related to the workplace cluster in St Catherine, and 21 cases are under investigation.

Forty people are currently hospitalised, including those who are suspected to have the virus.

Some 149 cases are deemed to be active, and are currently under observation. These include seven persons who are moderately ill.

Twelve persons have died since Jamaica confirmed its first case of the coronavirus on March 10.

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