Jamaica now has 21 cases of COVID-19, approaching community spread phase

March 23, 2020

Jamaica now has a total of 21 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

This announcement was made by the Minister of Health and Wellness, Chris Tufton, at a press briefing a short while a go.

The breakdown of the cases is as follows: 14 imported cases, 6 import-related and 1 still under investigation.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness said Jamaica is now rapidly approaching community spread phase. He said this phase is where there is an escalation in the number of cases.

Chief Medical Officer, Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie, said community transmission means there will be an increase in the number of persons who contract the coronavirus, but who are not linked to an imported case. 

Bisasor also stated that all severe and acute respiratory infections will now be tested.

Holness said measures will be instituted to protect the most vulnerable to the disease. 

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