Jamaica's COVID-19 cases rise to 44
Jamaica now has 44 cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the respiratory disease that has sent most of the world’s inhabitants indoors.
This represents six new cases from a batch of 53 tests conducted over the past 24 hours. All of the six positives are linked to the Corn Piece Settlement community in Clarendon which is under quarantine.
One of the six, a 53-year-old male, had travelled with the index case from New York, the 79-year-old male, who was the first person to die from COVID-19 in Jamaica.
The Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton provided the latest update during a digital press conference from the ministry’s New Kingston offices on Wednesday.
“This does show the value of the quarantining arrangement,” Tufton said.
Three of those diagnosed with the virus in Jamaica have died while two have fully recovered and were discharged from hospital.
The latest person to have died is a 41-year-old male from Westmoreland with a travel history from the United Kingdom and who had underlying health conditions. He reportedly died of renal failure.
Meanwhile, the cause of death of the second individual is still under investigation, Tufton said.
The minister has expressed condolences to the family and friends of the two deceased persons.
Worldwide, there are now an estimated 928,000 cases of COVID-19 with more than 46,000 deaths. Nearly 194,000 people have fully recovered while 653,000 are said to be in mild condition. Another 35,000 have been listed as being in serious or critical condition.