Friday 25 September, 2020

UPDATE: Health Ministry says no Coronavirus case in Jamaica

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton (second right) addresses journalists at an emergency press conference in Kingston on Tuesday. (Photo: Marlon Reid)

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton (second right) addresses journalists at an emergency press conference in Kingston on Tuesday. (Photo: Marlon Reid)

Despite the rumours, Jamaican health authorities say there is no case of the coronavirus in the island.

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton made the announcement at an emergency press conference on Tuesday amid concerns that there was a suspected case of the illness at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI).

"Out of an abundance of caution, we wanted to make sure that was considered but certainly it does not fit the case definition," Tufton said.

“Based on advice, there is no truth to reports that there is a case of coronavirus in the island,” Tufton confirmed, speaking at the press conference held at the Ministry of Health headquarters in New Kingston.

The minister said the meeting was called as concerns were raised when a patient was transferred to the UWHI and checks were made and found that the patient had a travel history to China.

However, Dr Carl Bruce, Medical Chief of Staff at UHWI, says the patient did not have a fever over 38 degrees or the respiratory symptoms associated with the illness.

More details to come.

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