Wednesday 23 September, 2020

Jamaica records one new COVID-19 case

Jamaica recorded one new case of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the last 24 hours, according to the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

It brings the total number of COVID-19 cases for the island to 810. Meanwhile, three more patients have recovered and have been released from care, bringing the cumulative number of recoveries to 709 (87.5 per cent recovery rate).

The newly confirmed positive COVID-19 case involves a 20-year-old female staying in St Catherine. The Jamaican-born US citizen recently returned to the island on a flight from the United States, the ministry said.

There are now 60 (7.4 per cent) active cases under observation in Jamaica, while 31 cases have been repatriated to their countries of origin. There are two moderately ill patients, but none critically ill, the ministry said.

Five persons-of-interest are in quarantine at government facilities, while some 17,578 are quarantined at home.

Jamaica’s record of COVID-19 cases consists of 279 imported cases; 246 cases that are contacts of confirmed cases; 44 local transmission cases not epidemiologically-linked; 236 related to the workplace cluster in St Catherine and five are under investigation.

Some 456 (56 per cent) of all confirmed cases are females and 354 (44 per cent) are males. The ages of all confirmed cases range from two months to 87 years.

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