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  • In terms of classification, there are now 234 COVID-19 cases relating to the workplace cluster in St. Catherine; 50 imported cases; 206 cases that are contacts of confirmed cases; 26 that are locally confirmed cases, not epidemiology linked; and 13 that are under investigation.
  • “This means that persons who are in hospital care are not severely ill; they are not in high-dependency units, and they are not in intensive care units. Most are asymptomatic and for those who need treatment, their symptoms are relatively mild to medium,” Dr. Tufton said.
  • The parish of Hanover still has no confirmed case of COVID-19.

Nine new cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Jamaica within the last 24 hours.

Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, gave the update during a digital press conference on Wednesday (May 20).

“This puts the total number of confirmed cases on the island to 529,” Dr. Tufton said.

The new cases range in age from 17 to 53 years. Included are six males recently repatriated from the United Kingdom (UK); one male employee from the workplace cluster in St. Catherine; one male contact of a confirmed case from the workplace cluster; and one male from Kingston, who is the contact of a confirmed case under investigation.

In terms of classification, there are now 234 COVID-19 cases relating to the workplace cluster in St. Catherine; 50 imported cases; 206 cases that are contacts of confirmed cases; 26 that are locally confirmed cases, not epidemiology linked; and 13 that are under investigation.

Meanwhile, the Minister said that there are no seriously ill cases of COVID-19 on the island, despite the number of positive persons.

“This means that persons who are in hospital care are not severely ill; they are not in high-dependency units, and they are not in intensive care units. Most are asymptomatic and for those who need treatment, their symptoms are relatively mild to medium,” Dr. Tufton said.

The parish of St. Catherine now accounts for the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 295. This is followed by Kingston and St. Andrew, with 119; Clarendon, with 35 cases; St. Mary, with 18 cases; St. Ann, with 15 cases; Manchester, with 12 cases; St. James, with eight cases; Portland, with seven cases; St. Elizabeth, with five cases; St. Thomas, with three cases; Westmoreland, with two cases; and Trelawny, with one case.

The parish of Hanover still has no confirmed case of COVID-19.

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