Saturday 8 August, 2020

Jamaica confirms 10 new coronavirus cases

Jamaica recorded 10 new coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of positive cases for the island to 831. 

The newly confirmed cases consist of six females and four males, with ages ranging from 16 to 63 years, the Ministry of Health and Wellness said.

Four of the new cases are from addresses in Westmoreland, two from Kingston and St Andrew, and one each from St James, St Ann, Clarendon, and Hanover. All 10 cases are imported, with nine arriving on flights from the United States and one arriving via cruise ship recently, the ministry said.

At this time, there are 298 imported cases; 247 cases that are contacts of confirmed cases; 44 local transmission cases not epidemiologically linked, 236 related to the workplace cluster in St. Catherine, and six under investigation.

Some 469 or 56 per cent of the confirmed cases are females and 362 or 44 per cent are males, with their ages ranging from two months to 87 years. Of the 831 cases confirmed with COVID-19 to date, 711 or 85.6 per cent have recovered, while 39 or 4.7 per cent have repatriated, and 10 or 1.2 per cent have died. There are 71 or 8.5 per cent active cases currently under observation, two of whom are moderately ill. There are no critically ill cases at this time.

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