UPDATE: Jamaican COVID recoveries now at 113; island confirms 509 cases

Minister of Health and Wellness Dr. Christopher Tufton (centre) at a digital press conference updating the nation on the coronavirus outbreak. Alongside him are (from left) Permanent Secretary Dunstan Bryan and Chief Medical Officer Jacqueline Bissasor McKenzie. (Photo: Twitter @ChrisTufton)

Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton has disclosed that with an addition 13 patients overcoming the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Jamaica, the local recovery rate has jumped 22 per cent.

Speaking at a digital press conference on Wednesday, May 13, Tufton explained that in the last 24 hours, two additional persons have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the national tally to 509.

The newest cases are both men, aged 48 and 74 from St Catherine and the Corporate Area respectively, with one being a contact of a confirmed patient related to the Alorica workplace cluster. The other case is under investigation to determine how he contracted the disease.

“Of the 509 cases confirmed with COVID-19 to date, in the last 24 hours, 13 more patients have recovered and have been released from hospital. This brings the total number of recoveries to 113. This is a recovery rate of 22.2%,” Minister Tufton tweeted.

Of particular note, the death toll has remained unchanged, the number of active COVID-19 cases is now at 387 (or roughly 76 per cent of the Jamaican caseload) and there are currently no patients moderately or critically ill at this time.