Monday 25 May, 2020

Four new cases of COVID-19 in Jamaica; tally now 63

File photo of Dr Christopher Tufton and other health officials addressing journalists at a press conference.

File photo of Dr Christopher Tufton and other health officials addressing journalists at a press conference.

Jamaica now has 63 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), with four new cases since Monday evening.

More precisely, Jamaica has recorded 37 cases of COVID-19 in the eleven days since March 27, or 3.3 cases per day. 

The latest cases are all contacts of a confirmed case from Kingston and St Andrew. The announcement was made on Tuesday by the Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton, during a digital press conference from the Ministry’s New Kingston offices.

Three of the latest individuals to contract the coronavirus are females, two of whom are 48 years-old and one who is 26-years-old. The lone male is 26 years-old.

The median age of those afflicted with the respiratory virus in Jamaica is 51-years-old with the youngest being 12 and the oldest being 87 years-old.

Three persons have died while nine have fully recovered and have since been released from hospital.

Earlier, Chief Medical Officer, Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie, told a special select committee of the parliament coordinating the COVID-19 response that two of those who are now hospitalised are in critical condition.

She said one of the two is “not doing so well and so we continue to apply all that is necessary but we are monitoring very closely”.

Some 43 persons are in isolation in hospital, 10 of whom are asymptomatic. Further testing will be done on these patients to determine when they can be discharged from hospital.

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