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Jamaica's confirmed COVID-19 cases rise to 63

Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton
 
There are now 63 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Jamaica.
 
The announcement was made by Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton at a press conference a short while ago. 
 
The minister said the new cases are two 48 year-old females, a 26 year-old male and a 26 year-old female. 
 
Of the 63 confirmed cases, 30 are imported, 22 cases import-related and 11 are under investigation. 
 
Nine persons have recovered and have been released from isolation. 
 
In addition, Dr. Tufton said about 3,500 people who entered Jamaica on or after March 18 have reported to the Health Ministry in the last three days. A total of 4,500 people have now come forward of about 5,400 in Jamaica who came during that period. 
 
The surge follows the government's warning that persons who did not report to the ministry could be charged for breaching the Disaster Risk Management Act. 
 
Dr. Tufton announced several public-private partnerships, one of which is an effort in which private doctors will treat patients with chronic illnesses, like diabetes and hypertension, who would normally be treated at clinics and other public health facilities. 
 
Additionally, the Health Ministry will be donating 100,000 N95 masks to private entities. 
 
Dr. Tufton also announced that UWI final year medical students will work in the Ministry of Health and Wellness call centres to respond to COVID-19 cases. 
 
Andrews Memorial Hospital is to be used as an overflow ward for Kingston Public Hospital. It will house 32 beds.
 
In addition, the Health Minister said a field hospital will be set up at the National Indoor Sports Centre for mild cases of COVID-19.  
 
Measures extended 
 
In the meantime, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced that the Government will extend the all-island nightly curfew.
 
The announcement was made in a news release Tuesday afternoon.
 
The Prime Minister said other measures to address the COVID-19 pandemic, including work from home and the closure of Jamaica's borders, will also be extended.
 
 
 


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