The Mu variant of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is present in Jamaica.
Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton announced the presence of the ‘variant of concern’ via a tweet on Thursday.
According to the health minister, 26 of 90 samples that were tested and received on Thursday confirm the presence of the Mu variant on the island.
The presence of the more contagious Delta variant was confirmed in the island earlier this year and is currently fuelling a third wave of the pandemic that has increased the island’s tally of infections, hospitalisations and deaths.
While speaking with journalists on Wednesday, Tufton said that with the confirmation of the Mu variant being detected in the Caribbean, his ministry intended to ramp up its testing for the new strain.
“Now that we know that there is the Mu variant in the Caribbean, and it is one of concern, then we will pay particular attention to ensure that we not only test for Delta and the others but we [also] test for this particular one,” Tufton said.
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