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JAMAICA now has 505 confirmed cases of the Novel Corona Virus.

  • Written by Calvin G Brown - wiredja.com
  • Published in Health
KINGSTON, Jamaica Tues. May 12, 2020 –The National Surveillance Unit of the Ministry of Health & Wellness has reported in the last 24 hours, three (3) samples that have tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Jamaica to 505 as at Monday May 11.

At this time there are forty-one (41) imported cases; 190 cases are contacts of confirmed cases, which include 25 cases are import-related, 60 are related to local transmission cases (not epidemiologically linked), 95 are contacts of employees in the workplace cluster in St. Catherine, and 10 are contacts of confirmed cases under investigation.

Additionally, 24 are local transmission cases not epidemiologically-linked, and 250 are under investigation (224 of those under investigation are linked to the workplace cluster and 26 others).

Most (304 or 60%) of the confirmed cases are females and there are 201 (40%) males; while the ages of all confirmed cases range from 2 months to 87 years.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness, told a virtual press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister on Monday that “by virtue of our projections and plans, we put in place 315 beds, so roughly about 16 per cent of our capacity is used in hospitalisation.”

“This is a fairly good showing for Jamaica,” Holness noted, pointing out that “we have been very much focused, as a society, on the growing numbers, but I believe, having reached the 500 mark, that the more meaningful variable to pay attention to would be the number of Jamaicans who are in hospital, meaning the number of Jamaicans who are actually utilising hospital space, which would be the critical measure of the capacity of the health service.”

The parish of St. Catherine now accounts for the highest number of cases of COVID-19 with 293, mainly related to the outbreak at the Alorica call centre in Portmore, St. Catherine.

Kingston and St. Andrew accounts for the second highest number, with 107 cases; followed by Clarendon with 35; St. Mary with 18; St. Ann, 12; Manchester, 12; St. James, eight; Portland, seven; St. Elizabeth, five; St. Thomas, two; Westmoreland, two; and Trelawny with one case.

Hanover remains the only parish with no confirmed case of COVID-19.

“The figure of persons who have, unfortunately, succumbed to the disease remains at nine, and that, when compared to other countries in the Caribbean… on a per-capita basis, means that Jamaica has fared fairly well,” the Prime Minister said.

Last modified onTuesday, 12 May 2020 13:10
  • Countries: Jamaica

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