A Quick Update on COVID-19 in Jamaica


Here’s the latest from the Ministry of Health and Wellness. We did not have a press briefing this evening (I am guessing there was a major Cabinet meeting, perhaps!) but this is an update on the numbers. It is interesting to note the age groups here – and also to note yet another case in the lovely eastern parish of Portland, again “under investigation.”

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I would very much like to know how many have been tested in the past three or four days. Last Friday, April 3, the number tested was 476.

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Jamaica has 59 confirmed COVID-19 cases

KINGSTON, Jamaica. Monday, April 6, 2020:  There are now fifty-nine (59) confirmed cases of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Jamaica.

The new addition is a 43-year-old male from Portland, who is under investigation.

He brings to seven (7) the number of cases under investigation while thirty (30) are imported cases and twenty-two (22) are import-related.

So far, 32 males and 27 females have tested positive. The cases range in age from twelve (12) to eighty-seven (87) years. The average age is 50 years.

Of the 59 confirmed cases:

  • 2 or three per cent are less than 20 years old;
  • 3 or five per cent are between 20 and 29 years old;
  • 11 or 19 per cent are between 30 and 39 years old;
  • 9 or 15 per cent are between 40 and 49 years old;
  • 16 or 28 per cent are between 50 and 59 years old;
  • 10 or 17 per cent are between 60 and 69 years old;
  • 7 or 12 per cent are between 70 and 80 years old; and
  • One person is 87 years old.

Eight patients have fully recovered while three have died.

There are currently 38 persons in quarantine in a Government facility. Sixty-two (62) are in isolation.

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Is social distancing (or “physical distancing” if you prefer) really happening? We see these kinds of scenes all over Kingston and beyond.

 


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