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Mr. Speaker, I rise to update this Honourable House and the people of Jamaica on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), which was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Mr. Speaker, as of Wednesday, April 15, the National Surveillance Unit has advised that there are 125 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Jamaica.

The 20 additional confirmed cases include 5 males and 15 females, with ages ranging from 2 years to 43 years. Two (2) cases are imported – one is a 2 year old male from St. James, and the other is a 43 year-old female from St.
Catherine. The other 18 individuals are from St Catherine and arise from an on-going investigation of a BPO in St. Catherine, Alorica.

Mr. Speaker, this brings to 52, the number of confirmed cases working at Alorica®. Their ages range from 18 to 34 years. They include 41 females and 11 males. There are 47 individuals from St Catherine, 3 from Kingston and
St. Andrew, 1 from Clarendon and 1 from Portland.

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