The total number of patients who have recovered from COVID-19 and have been discharged from hospital has increased to 90, as 12 new patients have received a second negative test result within the last 24 hours.

During that period also, four new positives cases have been identified, which brings the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Jamaica to 502.

The four new cases are all males, with ages ranging from 17 to 63 years.

One of the persons, a 31 year old male from St Ann, is an imported case from the batch of returning residents who came into the island on May 6. This brings to three, the number of positive cases from that group.

The other three cases are contacts of confirmed cases from Kingston and St Andrew and St Catherine.

Jamaica now has 38 imported cases; 190 contacts of confirmed cases, which includes 25 import-related cases, 60 cases related to local transmission (not epidemiologically linked), 95 are contacts of employees in the workplace cluster in St Catherine, and 10 are contacts of confirmed cases under investigation. Additionally, there are 24 local transmission cases not epidemiologically linked, and 250 cases are under investigation, including 224 linked to the workplace cluster, and 26 others.

Some 303 (61 per cent) of the confirmed cases in Jamaica are females, and 199 (39 per cent) males; while the ages of all confirmed cases range from two months to 87 years.

The number of samples tested within the last 24 hours is 212. Overall, 7,101 samples have now been tested, with 6,546 negatives and 53 samples pending.

There are 416 patients in isolation, and 129 persons are in quarantine at a Government facility.


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