Jamaica has recorded twenty-nine new cases of the coronavirus bringing the island’s tally to 987.
The island has also recorded another COVID-19 related death increasing the death toll to 13.
An 88-year-old female from Clarendon is the latest victim of the virus, who was admitted to a public health facility in the parish on Tuesday ( August 4).
Confirmation of her COVID-19 positive status came today; while the mode of transmission is currently under investigation.
Of the newly confirmed cases, nine are females and 20 are males with ages ranging from 15 to 88 years. There are 12 imported cases with addresses in St. James, who all arrived recently on a flight from the Dominican Republic.
There are two (2) cases from Clarendon, who are import-related (contacts of an imported case), while one case from St. Thomas is a contact of a confirmed case. Fourteen (14) of the cases today are under investigation and were recorded in St. Thomas (5), Kingston & St. Andrew (4), Clarendon (2), St. Mary (1), Manchester (1), and St. Catherine (1).
Jamaica now has 177 (17.9 %) active cases under observation including seven moderately ill patients. Recoveries remain at 745 (75.5%) while 52 (5.3%) cases have returned to their countries of origin.
The public is reminded to be vigilant in the practice of COVID-19 prevention and control measures, including the frequent washing of hands with soap and water; maintaining the prescribed six-feet physical distance from others; and wearing a mask when in public situations.