Jamaica COVID-19: Day-18 – 2 more cases announced

March 28th, 2020

Jamaica’s first case of COVID-19 was announced on March 10, 2020. Today, 2 more cases have been announced bringing the total to 32 with sadly 1 death. So far 21 cases are listed as imported, 8 as local transmission and 3 are under investigation.

There is some good news today. Firstly, the Jamaican government has announced they plan to ramp up testing. This is very important as the World Health Organisation (WHO) has been insisting that countries need to test in order to better detect, quarantine and isolate.

Then there is news from the Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPSco) that not only are they offering flexi-payment plans but their partner Korea East-West is buying a COVID Rapid-Test machine for Jamaica.

The  Chinese community in Jamaica, has also donated over $900,000 in cash and kind to help in the COVID-19 efforts.

The 3 cases under investigations are the ones of most concern. So far the Ministry of Health and Wellness has done a great job and has even won praise from The Miami Herald and others for their preparedness and response to the Coronavirus outbreak. They have worked hard to trace contacts and the impositions of quarantines in Bull Bay and Cornpiece in parishes of St. Andrew and Clarendon respectfully were sensible actions. Those actions are needed if are we are to beat COVID-19 in Jamaica.

The Bull Bay quarantine is now up and the residents will have greater freedom to move but like everyone must practice social distancing, good hygienic practices, report illnesses and stay home as far as possible.

COVID-19 cases in the Caribbean

  • Antigua & Barbuda – 7
  • Barbados – 26
  • Belize – 2
  • Bahamas -10
  • Cuba -119
  • Cayman Island – 8
  • Dominica -11
  • Dominican Republic – 719
  • Grenada – 7
  • Guyana – 8
  • Haiti – 8
  • Montserrat – 5
  • St. Kitts & Nevis – 2
  • St. Lucia – 3
  • St. Vincent & Grenadines  – 1
  • Trinidad and Tobago – 76

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