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.”


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.


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.

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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