The Ministry of Health and Wellness has confirmed that the highly contagious Delta Variant of COVID-19 is present in Jamaica.
“We have received 40 results from the 60 samples sent to Caribbean Public Health Agency. Twenty-two (22) are positive for the Delta Variant,” revealed Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton.
“The epidemiology and laboratory teams are now doing further analysis to see if there is any particular significant factor related to the 22 identified. The public will be kept updated,” the Minister added.
The Delta Variant of COVID-19 was first detected in India in late 2020. It has been classified as a variant of concern because it has increased transmissibility.
The World Health Organization (WHO) named it on 31 May 2021.
Notably, Jamaica recorded 289 new COVID-19 infectious and confirmed 19 deaths in the last 24 hours.
The total number of COVID related deaths in Jamaica now stands at 1,339.
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