Healthcare worker contracts COVID-19 - ... Jamaica now has 36 cases

March 30, 2020
A lab technician with COVID-19 testing kits.
A lab technician with COVID-19 testing kits.

A 45-year-old female Jamaican healthcare worker has tested positive for COVID-19.

"As of this evening, the healthcare worker is well and in good spirit," the Health Ministry said. Her profession could not be ascertained at press time. The ministry said that she was a contact of a COVID-19 patient but did not say under what circumstance she contracted the virus.

The total number of confirmed cases in Jamaica now stands at 36, some 23 of which are imported cases and 11 classified as imported-related. Two are under investigation.

In addition to the healthcare worker, a 34-year-old St James woman and a 74-year-old female from St Catherine, both with travel history from New York, and a 54-year-old female from St Mary are the latest persons to have tested positive for COVID-19 in Jamaica. The St Mary woman's case is under investigation.

Jamaica confirmed its first COVID-19 case on March 10. The country has so far tested 292 samples for the new conoravirus, 253 of which have come back negative.

More than 721,900 cases of the virus and 33,965 deaths were recorded up to yesterday. The USA had some 142,000 of the cases and nearly 2,500 deaths, while Italy has so far recorded 10,800 deaths and a total of 97,689 cases.

In the USA, Dr Anthony Fauci, a key member of the White House's coronavirus task force, told CNN's Jake Tapper yesterday that up to 200,000 people could die from the disease in the United States.

"I mean, looking at what we're seeing now, you know, I would say between 100 and 200,000 (deaths). But I don't want to be held to that," he said, adding that the US is going to have "millions of cases."

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