Thursday 24 September, 2020

Two more COVID-19 deaths in Jamaica! Eleven new confirmed cases

Jamaica recorded two new COVID-19-related deaths within the last 24 hours into Sunday afternoon.

One of the decease is a 64-year-old male from Clarendon, and the other is a 73-year-old female from St Thomas.

The total number of COVID-19-related deaths is now 12 (1.3 per cent).

At the same time, 11 new samples, including the two more persons who have from the virus, have been confirmed positive for COVID-19 within the same 24-hour period.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Jamaica now stands at 894.

The newly confirmed cases include seven females and four males, with ages ranging from 13 to 73 years.

Two of the new cases were imported, the individuals having arrived recently on flights from the United States and the Dominica Republic; two are contacts of confirmed cases, and seven are currently under investigation.

The new cases were recorded in St Catherine (two), Clarendon (three), St James (one), St Ann (one) St Mary (one), St Thomas (two) and Kingston and St Andrew (one).

Jamaica now has 90 (10.1 per cent) active cases under observation, with two moderately ill patients.

There is no critically ill case at present.

Recoveries remain at 743 (83.1 per cent), while 49 (5.5 per cent) cases have been repatriated to their countries of origin.

The COVID-19 case record for Jamaica consists of 340 imported cases; 248 cases are contacts of confirmed cases; 44 are local transmission cases not epidemiologically linked; 236 are related to the workplace cluster in St Catherine, and 26 cases are under investigation.

Some 506 (57 per cent) of all the confirmed cases are females, and there are 388 (43 per cent) males. They range in age from two months to 87 years.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness is reminding the public to remain vigilant in the practice of COVID-19 prevention and control measures, including the frequent washing of hands with soap and water; maintaining the prescribed six-foot physical distance from others; and wearing a mask when in public spaces.

Persons coming into the country are reminded that they must comply with quarantine orders to help to protect their own health and the health of others.

For further information, contact the Ministry of Health and Wellness via phone at 888- ONE-LOVE (888-663-5683) or email at covid19@moh.gov.jm

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