Jamaica records second COVID-19 death

April 01, 2020

Jamaica now has two deaths from COVID-19 after a recovering patient was found unresponsive at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) yesterday.

The Health Ministry said that the patient suffered a heart attack. The Health Ministry did not disclose any further information of the patient.

In the meantime, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on the island increased to 38 yesterday. The two new cases involved a 13-year-old boy from Kingston & St Andrew, and a 48-year-old woman from St Elizabeth with a travel history and who arrived in the island from the United States on March 24.

Two persons have recovered

Health authorities are currently investigating how the boy got the disease.

Of the 38 confirmed cases, 24 are imported, 11 are classified as import-related and three are under investigation.

Two persons have recovered and have been discharged from hospital.

Meanwhile, the Opposition People’s National Party said that the relitively small number of COVID-19 tests being carried out by the country’s Health Ministry could leave the public with a false picture of the extent of the outbreak on the island.

“Our people out there are saying that ‘if we have only 36 confirmed cases ... , those numbers are so low that it will not affect me,’” The party’s spokesman on health, Dr Morais Guy, said.

Barbados, he said, test one in every 1,400 people, while Trinidad and Tobago assessed one in every 2,870.

“Here in Jamaica, we have only been testing one in every 11,070 persons. So early, even from that perspective, we see that we need to ramp up our testing if we are to have a true picture of the pandemic,” Guy said.

Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton said on Monday that 362 samples have been tested for COVID-19.

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