JAM | Dec 6, 2023

COVID-19 Update | Infections plummet to new low ahead of holiday season

Tamoy Ashman

Tamoy Ashman / Our Today

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The number of new COVID-19 cases recorded over a week has again decreased to four as Jamaica continues to see a downward trend in infections with the virus as the holiday season approaches.

This is according to the Ministry of Health and Wellness’s latest report, which indicates that two new cases were recorded in St Catherine, one in St Thomas and another in Westmoreland, between November 28 and December 4.

There were no new cases in the remaining 11 parishes, a historic achievement since the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.

Jamaica’s positivity rate now stands at 1.6 per cent, a decline compared to the previous week (November 21- November 27), when it stood at 2.9 per cent.

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The reduced positivity rate means that Jamaica is below the standard five per cent, which indicates that a virus is a threat.

Three deaths that occurred between February 2022 and October 2023 were also confirmed as COVID-related.

An additional three deaths were placed under investigation to determine if they were COVID-related.

There are nine active cases of the virus on the island after two patients recovered.

An excerpt from the Ministry of Health’s weekly COVID-19 report for November 28- December 4. The numbers in the centre indicate the number of new cases for the parishes, while the numbers to the right indicate the overall number of cases that have been recorded in the parish, since the first recorded case in March 2020. (Photo: Instagram @themohwgovjm)


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