UK variant of COVID-19 found in Jamaica

Jamaica has confirmed the presence of the highly contagious United Kingdom variant of the coronavirus.

The news was shared by Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton during a virtual press briefing yesterday.

Tufton revealed that seven of eight samples randomly selected and sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in Trinidad tested positive for the strain.

The positive samples were from people who had no history of travel.

“What this confirms for us in public health is that the UK variant strain is present in our population as manifested in the sequencing or the testing that has been done at CARPHA in Trinidad,” Tufton said.