Sunday 27 September, 2020

Jamaica records six new COVID-19 cases, two flew from Trinidad

Jamaica's Ministry of Health and Wellness has confirmed six new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the island's total number to eight. 

This was revealed in a news release at 12.44 am on Friday.

The new cases include two males, ages 63 and 67, who arrived in Jamaica on March 7 from Trinidad and Tobago and who had travelled from Malaysia by way of Dubai and London.

“They presented at hospital on March 11,” the ministry said.

The statement added that a 36-year-old man who travelled from Manchester, England, was taken to hospital from his hotel via ambulance on March 11. The Ministry did not say when this individual arrived on the island or at which hotel he had stayed.

There is also a 31-year-old Jamaican man, a ship worker, who arrived on the island on February 25 from the Canary Islands via Portugal and Miami. He presented to the hospital with symptoms on March 10, meaning he had a full two weeks likely interacting with the public.

In addition, the 58-year-old father of the first patient who was confirmed with COVID-19 was “discovered ill at home on Tuesday, March 11." That was one day after his daughter who had flown to the island from the United Kingdom for a funeral on March 4, was confirmed to have the virus. A 34-year-old woman who is in close contact with the first patient has also tested positive for COVID-19.

The Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton is expected to host a press conference later on Friday to provide further details on the confirmed cases.

Tufton is said to be examining the level of preparedness for COVID-19 in western Jamaica.

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