Monday 23 November, 2020

Another COVID-19 death and 102 new cases within 24 hours

Jamaica recorded one more death related to COVID-19 within the last 24 hours into Saturday afternoon, while the number of confirmed positive cases increased by 102.

The total number of deaths related to COVID-19 is now 20, while the total number of positive cases is 2,113.

The latest deceased relative to the virus in Jamaica is a 47-year-old male from the Corporate Area.

Of the 102 newly confirmed cases, there were 63 females and 39 males, with ages ranging from four months to 80 years. They have addresses in the Corporate Area (57), St Catherine (13), St Thomas (11), St Mary (four), St Ann (one), Trelawny (two), St James (six), Hanover (six), Manchester (one), and St Elizabeth (one).

Two of the new cases are contacts of confirmed cases, one is local transmission (not epidemiologically linked), and the remaining 99 cases are under investigation.

At present, there are 447 imported cases; 591 cases that are contacts of confirmed cases; 236 cases related to the workplace cluster in St Catherine; 212 are local transmission cases (not epidemiologically linked); and 627 cases are under investigation.

Some 1,171 (55 per cent) of the total confirmed cases are females and 942 (45 per cent) are males, with their ages ranging from 40 days to 97 years.

Also within the 24-hour periods, Jamaica saw two more persons recovered and discharged from care. Recoveries are now up to 890 or 42.1 per cent.

In addition to the 890 persons who have recovered and the 20 (1.0 per cent) who have died, 71 (3.4 per cent) have returned to their countries of origin.

There has also been a coincidental death of a COVID-19-positive individual.

There are 1,131 (53.5 per cent) active cases being monitored, including four critically ill cases and 11 who are moderately ill.

As the number of deaths and positive cases increase, the Ministry of Health and Wellness is urging members of the public to consistently practice:

*             Physical distancing from others

*             Mask wearing

*             Frequent hand washing

*             Regular sanitisation of commonly used surfaces at home and in the workplace.

The ministry is also encouraging visitors and Jamaicans returning to the island from overseas to also vigilantly practise infection prevention and control measures, including the strict adherence to quarantine orders.

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