Ja’s COVID-19 tally pushed to 364 by 16 new cases

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton.

Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton has advised that 16 samples tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

At the same time, Tufton said that two of the cases announced Sunday (April 26) were repeat cases. This makes Sunday’s total 348 and not 350.

He made the disclosure during a press briefing at Jamaica House Monday.

Meanwhile, the 16 new cases bring the island’s total number of confirmed cases to 364. The 16 comprised of seven males and nine females, who range in age from three years to 75 years.

Seven of the 16 new cases are employees of the business process outsourcing entity Alorica located in Portmore, St Catherine.

Fourteen are contacts of a confirmed employee at Alorica, one case is a contact of a confirmed case, and eight cases are under investigation.

One hundred eighty-two of the 364 total confirmed cases are employees of Alorica. There are 37 additional cases connected to contacts of Alorica bringing their overall total to 219.

Jamaica now has 34 imported cases, eight cases that are local transmission with no epidemiological link, 182 are local transmission cases related to Alorica, 94 are contacts of a confirmed case and 46 cases are under investigation.