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Jamaica’s COVID-19 Cases Increase To 143

  • Written by Calvin G. Brown, Wiredja.com
  • Published in Health
Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. Christopher Tufton, speaks at a virtual press conference at the Ministry of Health and Wellness in New Kingston. Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. Christopher Tufton, speaks at a virtual press conference at the Ministry of Health and Wellness in New Kingston.
KINNGSTON, April 16, 2020 - Jamaica now has 143 confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. This is ther word from Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. Christopher Tufton, as he gave an update on Thursday during a virtual press conference from his New Kingston offices.

Dr. Tufton said that of the 143 cases, 18 were confirmed within the last 24 hours. Five are males and 13 are females ranging in age from four to 56.

The Minister said that three cases are contacts of a confirmed case, while 15 are under investigation.

“There is some suspicion that a number of them are linked to the [Alorica] call centre in Portmore, but we are still investigating,” Dr. Tufton noted. Already, 52 cases are linked to Alorica.

The Minister informed that 23 persons have recovered from COVID-19 in Jamaica, and there have been five deaths.

A total of 1,424 samples from persons have been tested, who have shown signs of COVID-19 infection.

Last modified onThursday, 16 April 2020 20:39
  • Countries: Jamaica