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In the nine months since Jamaica recorded its first confirmed case of COVID-19 on March 10, the country now has 11,875 cases of the disease.

This is according to a daily cumulative report for December 14, 2020 that is generated by the Health Emergency Operations Centre (HEOC) in the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW).

Over the period, there were 276 COVID-related deaths, amounting to 2.3 per cent of the positive cases.

According to the report, most of the deceased had pre-existing comorbidities, which included obesity, asthma, renal disease, cardiac disease, chronic hypertension, diabetes mellitus, malignancy and cerebral palsy.

There are approximately 3,300 persons in isolation across the island, three of whom are in two government quarantine facilities.

The total number of persons in home quarantine across the four health regions was 27,886. Of that number, 24,019 or 86 per cent are from the controlled re-entry programme and 3,867 or 14 per cent are contacts of confirmed cases.

A total of 8,212 of the 11,875 confirmed cases have fully recovered and have been released, representing 69.1 per cent.

There has been a 9.3 per cent positivity rate, resulting from the testing of 127,390 samples, with 11,875 positive tests, 115,503 negative results and 12 pending results.

The HEOC report also provides a look at the pandemic on a worldwide scale.

As at December 14, there had been 71,051,805 positive COVID-19 cases globally, with 1,608,648 deaths reported to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Americas continues to lead the world as the region with the highest number of positive cases with more than 30.4 million cases followed by Europe with 22.1 million, South East Asia with 11.3 million, the Eastern Mediterranean with 4.5 million cases, Africa with 1.6 million and the Western Pacific, just over 965,000 cases.

Up to December 14, 2020, a total of 325,402 travellers had been reported to the International Health Regulations (IHR) Unit of the MOHW.

Of that number, 322,231 persons landed at three points of entry, 117,919 at Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA); 204,015 at Sangster International Airport (SIA) and 297 at the Port Royal cruise ship terminal since June 1, 2020.

Over the same period, the country received 4,135 international flights with 1,706 having landed at NMIA and 2,429 at SIA.

One hundred and four persons have been refused landing to date.

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