The Ministry of Health & Wellness (MOHW) recently announced that preliminary results of seven (7) tests completed on Sunday, March 15, at the National Influenza Centre, showed five (5) positive for COVID-19, while two (2) samples tested negative.
Those preliminary results temporarily increased Jamaica’s tally of COVD-19 cases to 15.
However, while speaking at a press conference at Jamaica House on Monday, Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton revealed that the tally has been reduced to 12.
Minister Tufton said only two of the five persons tested positive again in confirmatory tests.
As of March, 17, 2020, more than 185,000 cases of the disease have been reported in over 160 countries and territories, resulting in more than 7,300 deaths.
Over 3,000 persons have succumbed to coronavirus disease in China and over 2,000 in Italy.
Since March 16, 2020, all travelers from countries where there is local transmission of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) are required to self-quarantine for up to 14 days.
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