Portland Cottage in Clarendon under COVID-19 watch

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton.

The community of Portland Cottage in Clarendon is now being closely watched by health authorities after two residents from the area tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Sone 50 households have been placed under the radar.

Those two cases are among six new cases that have pushed the number of confirmed cases in the island to 44. Three of them are from the Corn Piece community in Clarendon, which is under quarantine, and the other is from Hayes.

However, all six new cases have been linked to the first positive case from Corn Piece, which was later recorded as the country’s first COVID-19 death.

That individual was a 79-year-old man who had returned to the island from New York and had travelled on the same flight with one of the newly confirmed COVID-19 patients.

‘We may have to take a decision as it relates to that area, but not right now.’

—Dr Christopher Tufton

Speaking at a digital press conference from the head office of the Ministry of Health and Wellness on Wednesday, Portfolio Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, said a team from the Ministry is currently assessing the situation in Portland Cottage.

“There is a little concern related to that area. We may have to take a decision as it relates to that area, but not right now. A team is assessing that,” he said.