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JAMAICA | One Year Later Jamaica At 28,968 COVID-19 Cases

  • Written by JIS
  • Published in Health
KINGSTON, March 12, 2021- One year after confirmation of the first coronavirus (COVID-19) case in Jamaica on March 10, 2020, the country has recorded 28,968 cases of the virus with 695 new cases confirmed in the previous 24 hours.

This is according to a daily cumulative report for March 10, 2021 that is generated by the Health Emergency Operations Centre (HEOC) in the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW).

Over the year, there were 475 COVID-related deaths, amounting to 1.6 per cent of the total 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 13,752 persons in isolation across the island, nine of whom are in two government quarantine facilities.

In addition, there are 20,169 persons in home quarantine across the four health regions.

The Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) has the highest number with 9,103 or 45.13 per cent, followed by the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) with 6,804 or 33.73 per cent, Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) with 2,709 or 13.43 per cent, and the North East Regional Health Authority (NERHA) with 1,553 or 7.69 per cent.

A total of 14,781 of the 28,968 confirmed cases have fully recovered and have been released, representing 51 per cent.

There has been a 12.2 per cent cumulative positivity rate, resulting from the testing of 237,173 samples, with 28,968 positive tests and 208,205 negative results.

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

As at March 10, there had been 117,332,262 positive COVID-19 cases globally, with 2,605,356 deaths reported to the World Health Organization (WHO).

As of March 9, 2021, a total of 268,205,245 vaccine doses had been administered across the world.

The Americas continues to lead the world as the region with the highest number of positive cases with more than 51.5 million cases, followed by Europe with 39.7 million, South East Asia with 13.6 million, the Eastern Mediterranean with 6.6 million cases, Africa with 2.8 million, and the Western Pacific with 1.6 million cases.

Up to March 10, a total of 523,936 travellers had been reported to the International Health Regulations (IHR) Unit of the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

Of that number, 521,698 persons landed at three points of entry – 179,059 at Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA), 342,342 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 7,102 international flights with 2,619 having landed at NMIA and 4,483 at SIA. A total of 104 persons have been refused landing to date.

March 10 was also the day on which the COVID-19 vaccination programme commenced at selected health facilities across the island.

  • Countries: Jamaica