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JAMAICA | Five more COVID-19 deaths,127 new cases

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  • Published in Health
KINGSTON, Jamaica September 22, 2020 - With the Ministry of Health and Wellness recording five more five more COVID-19 related deaths in Jamaica, this brings to 75 the number of Coronavirus related deaths in Jamaica, while the number of new cases recorded within the last 24 hours is 127.

coronavirus map 460The Ministry of Health and Wellness said the new deaths range in age from 52 to 93 years, and four of them had pre-existing conditions.

The Health Ministry says four of the five deceased had pre-existing conditions.

The new cases comprise:

  1. 61-year-old female with a Kingston and St. Andrew address.
  2. 54-year-old female with a Kingston and St. Andrew address.
  3. 52-year-old female with a St. Catherine address.
  4. 82-year-old male with a Kingston and St. Andrew address.
  5. 93-year-old male with a St. Mary address.

With the 127 new coronavirus cases recorded in Jamaica, the country's tally has reached 5,270.

Recoveries have reached 1,444. 

Of the new cases, 59 are from Kingston and St Andrew, 18 are from St James, 33 from St Catherine, seven from Portland, six from Westmoreland, five from Clarendon, four each from St Thomas, St Mary, St Ann and Manchester, two from St Elizabeth, and one from Trelawny.

In the meantime, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced an extension of the nightly islandwide curfew for a further 14 days as well as other measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Jamaica. 

The two weeks extension of the nightly islandwide curfew comes ahead of tomorrow’s expiration of the current measures. The extended curfew measure takes effect at 8:00 PM Wednesday, September 23 and expires at 5:00 AM on Wednesday, October 7, 2020. 

Further to the announced extension  or the nightly curfew, the public should adhere to following which expires on Tuesday, October 6;

  • Gatherings remain at maximum 15 persons. For any such gatherings, social distance of the minimum 6ft must be maintained.
  • Churches are prohibited from hosting funeral services, conventions and other special events.
  • Worship services may continue within the existing guidelines, requiring temperature checks, sanitization and the mandatory wearing of masks during services.
  • Burials may continue, with no more than 15 persons at the graveside, including the clergy and the funeral home personnel.
  • Employers are encouraged to allow employees to work from home where possible.
  • Persons 70 years and older are required to work from home and otherwise, must stay home. They are however permitted to leave home once per day for medical care, food, exercise and other essentials of life.
  • Taxi operators must carry one less person than the maximum number of persons allowed to be carried under the relevant licence, from September 23 - October 6, 2020.
Effective October, the Government will be expanding Anti-Gen testing for persons who are symptomatic and will be piloted at suitable sites. 

According to Prime Minister Holness, the Ministry of Health and Wellness is reviewing the requirements for pre-testing of all tourists and nationals which remains in effect until the review process is complete. 
Last modified onTuesday, 22 September 2020 19:16
  • Countries: Jamaica