57 of Jamaica’s confirmed COVID-19 cases are children

Most of the children infected with COVD-19 in Jamaica are asymtomatic

Fifty-seven of the 505 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Jamaica are children.

Chief Medical Officer (CMO) in the Ministry of Health and Wellness Dr Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie made the disclosure at a virtual press conference on Monday.

The CMO said of the 57 children, 38 are linked to the Alorica workplace cluster in St Catherine.

Chief Medical Officer (CMO) in the Ministry of Health and Wellness Dr Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie

“The majority of these children were asymptomatic. We had 13 children that were admitted to hospital, and of those 13 we had seven that were symptomatic, and these were with mild symptoms, except for one case, the unfortunate case we had of a child who actually passed,” she said.

The CMO said of the 13 who were admitted to hospital, eight have since been discharged. And of the four that remains, only one is symptomatic.

She said that there are currently 17 at a national isolation facility and five at another.

Bisasor-McKenzie said the gradual infection of children reflects what is happening in other countries.