Jamaica now has 44 cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the respiratory disease novel coronavirus, that has caused most of the people around the planet to be spending more time indoors.
Six new cases from a batch of 53 tests conducted over the past 24 hours caused the increase. All these six positive results were linked to the Corn Piece Settlement community, in Clarendon which is now under quarantine.
One of the six, A 53-year-old male, had travelled with the first infected person from New York, the 79-year-old male, who died from the virus in Jamaica.
The Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton provided this update at a digital press conference at the New Kingston offices of the Ministry on Wednesday.
The Minister said, “This does show the value of the quarantining arrangement.”
Three of the persons diagnosed with the virus on the island have died while two of them have totally recovered and they were discharged from the hospital.
The last person to have died after they were diagnosed is a 41-year-old male from Westmoreland whose travel history shows that he came from the United Kingdom and he had underlying health conditions. It was reported that he died of renal failure.
Meanwhile, the cause of death of the second individual is still under investigation, Tufton said.
The minister has expressed condolences to the family and friends of the deceased persons.
Worldwide, there are now an estimated 928,000 cases of COVID-19 with more than 46,000 deaths. Nearly 194,000 people have fully recovered while 653,000 are said to be in mild condition. Another 35,000 have been listed as being in serious or critical condition.