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JM | Nov 18, 2020

Jamaica hits 10,000 COVID-caseload mark

Gavin Riley

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Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton (centre left, standing) oversees identification verification protocols at Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport in June as a part of Jamaica’s phased border reopening. (Photo: Facebook @theMOHgovjm)

Jamaica confirmed 60 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on Tuesday, bringing the national caseload to 10,019.

]The Ministry of Health and Wellness, in its Wednesday (November 18) surveillance update, noted two patients have also died due to COVID-related complications. The death toll now stands at 233.

The victims are an 88-year-old female from the Corporate Area and a 90-year-old male from Westmoreland.

The island’s recovery rate also increased marginally, as 31 recent discharges leave the total number of recoveries at 5,369.

Additionally, Jamaica currently manages 4,278 active coronavirus cases.

According to the ministry, the latest positive confirmations came from a batch of 834 samples tested, 774 of which returned negative.

Portland, Hanover, St Thomas and St Elizabeth are the four parishes which have not recorded any new COVID cases in the last 24 hours.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness has advised that the Caribbean island has conducted 106,614 tests to date, 90.57 per cent of the results confirmed non-reactive to the coronavirus.

Hospitalisations continue to trend down, according to the ministry, as some 88 patients are being treated. A total of 14 patients were determined to be ‘moderately ill’, while another six were categorised as ‘critically ill’.

The island currently sees 22,553 persons observing quarantine protocols at home; six patients are under quarantine at a government facility.

Jamaica confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on March 10.

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