Two new COVID-19 cases in Jamaica after first day without positive test

Jamaica returned two positive tests of the coronavirus (COVID-19) yesterday, May 15, following its first day in almost two months of no new cases.

The country’s total number of confirmed cases now stands at 511m according to the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton

Recoveries in the nation also continue to increase as three more patients were cleared of the virus and released from isolation, bringing the total to 121.

Of the two new cases, one is a female from the workplace cluster in St Catherine, which has now recorded 225 confirmed cases.

Nine people have died from the virus locally, with some 381 active cases remaining. None of the active cases are said to be moderately or critically ill.

There are 420 patients in isolation, while 317 persons of interest are in quarantine at a government facility. Health departments across the island are actively tracing 1,405 close contacts of confirmed cases.

Just under 8,000 coronavirus tests have been conducted on the islands, with the results of 60 samples pending.