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There Are Now 30 Confirmed Cases Of The Covid19 Coronavirus In Jamaica
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CoronaVirus In Jamaica | Press Briefing
The covid19 Coronavirus has finally made its way into Jamaica, first via two travellers from the UK. Since then (March 10), not only has the quarantined and number of suspected cases continues to rise, we are unfortunately, seeing more confirmed cases.
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And so, as a responsible citizen, and as a duty to my friends, patrons and family inside and outside of Jamaica, I'm providing (in this article), information on the latest developments on this dreaded Covid-19 coronavirus disease in Jamaica.
And to make it easier for you, I am listing the developments in descending chronological order.
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This information, by the way, is not mine, but is the latest, pulled from reputable news sources in Jamaica, including our own health ministry and the Jamaica Information Service.
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- March 27, 2020 (7:00 pm): In another press briefing today, the health minister reported that Jamaica now has 30 confirmed cases of the covid19 coronavirus. 4 was added to the number reported two days ago. Meanwhile the quarantine on Bull Bay has been lifted.
- March 25, 2020 (7:00 pm): Another case was recorded today in Jamaica bring the total confirmed cases to 26. Source: TVJ News
- March 24, 2020 (8:00 pm): The Ministry of Health reported that four (4) new cases of the corona virus was confirmed in Jamaica. This brings the total confirmed now to 25. See snapshot below. Source: https://www.moh.gov.jm/jamaica-records-25-cases-of-covid-19/
- March 23, 2020 (7:20 pm): Prime Minister, Andrew Holness announced additional Covid-19 related restrictions and directives for Jamaicans. Read the restrictions here.
- March 23, 2020 (7:00 pm): Health Minister Christopher Tufton confirmed that there are now 21 confirmed cases of Covid19 in Jamaica. Source: TVJ YouTube Livestream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IU8p_OKLU2Y
- March 21, 2020 (11:59 pm): Jamaica's borders closed to passenger entry for 14 days. Source: Port Authority Of Jamaica
- March 20, 2020 (7:00 pm): The Prime Minister announce that there were three additional confirmed cases of Covid19, bringing the total cases to 19 .
Meanwhile passengers on three JetBlue flights are asked to contact the Ministry Of Health immediately Source: http://rjrnewsonline.com/local/19-cases-of-covid-19-confirmed
- March 18, 2020 (7:00 pm): PM Andrew Holness announce that there are now 16 confirmed cases of Covid19 in Jamaica. Also Cornpiece settlement in Clarendon is now under quarantine. Source: Television Jamaica, Prime Time News.
- March 18, 2020 (7:00 am): Jamaica recorded its first covid19 related death today. Also, the official count is now 14 confirmed cases. Source: Television Jamaica, Prime Time News.
- March 17, 2020 (7:00 pm): In the press conference earlier, today, Minister Of Health, Dr. Christopher Tufton indicated that one more patient was confirmed with the coronavirus. The official count is now 13 confirmed cases. Source: RJR News
- March 16, 2020 (7:00 pm): In a press conference, Prime Minister announced that all non-essential service must be done from home for the next five seven (7) days. And there are more restrictions, read more here.
- March 16, 2020 (6:00 pm): An adjustment was done. We now have twelve (12) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Jamaica. Three of the five earlier mentioned came back negative in the confirmation test.
- March 16, 2020 (7:00 am): The Ministry of Health & Wellness reported that there are now fifteen (15) cases of COVID-19 in Jamaica. Another 5 cases were added earlier today, two from Western Jamaica.
There are now 40 persons in isolation and 42 quarantined at home in Jamaica. Meanwhile, Immigration personnel at our airports have intensified the screening of passengers coming into the country. Source: The Ministry Of Health
These two were part of a group of 19 persons who were tested by National Influenza Centre in preceding 24 hours. The other 17 tested were negative.today. Source: Ministry Of Health
- March 15, 2020 (7:00am): The Ministry of Health & Wellness reported that there are two (2) new cases of COVID-19 in Jamaica.
These two were part of a group of 19 persons who were tested by National Influenza Centre in preceding 24 hours. The other 17 tested were negative today. Source: Ministry Of Health
- March 14, 2020 (7:00pm): The Ministry Of Health is reportedly asking all persons who arrived in Jamaica from the UK in the last 14 days to self report to the ministry, asap. Sabbath worship impacted by low turnout today. Source: TVJ News
- March 13, 2020 (7:20pm): Jamaica Declared a Disaster Area | The 7 and 8 miles area of Bull Bay quarantined. Read the full story here. Source: https://twitter.com/AndrewHolnessJM/status/1238606421949730816
- March 13, 2020 (7:00am): 6 new cases of the Covid19 corona virus have been confirmed in Jamaica. This brings the total number of cases to eight (8) in Jamaica. Read more here. Source: http://rjrnewsonline.com/local/six-new-cases-of-covid-19-confirmed
- March 12, 2020 : Schools ordered close by PM | Panic Buying | Shortage of Cleaning and Sanitation equipment & New contact numbers. Read more here.
- March 11, 2020 (4:30pm): Dr. Christopher Tufton has just tweeted that a second case of coronavirus was registered in Jamaica today. Source: RJR News
- March 10, 2020: At 12:00pm, March 10, the health ministry reported its first case of coronavirus in Jamaica. Read more here.
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- March 3, 2020: Spring break activities are still on, but organizers stay on alert.
- March 2, 2020: The parliamentary opposition, the People's National Party, reported that it stands ready to aid in the fight against the Coronavirus in Jamaica. Source: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20200302/pnp-ready-help-coronavirus-crisis-fight-phillips
- March 2, 2020: More passengers prevented from disembarking cruise ship in Ocho Rios again today. Source: http://rjrnewsonline.com/local/several-people-not-allowed-to-disembark-cruise-ship-docked-at-ocho-rios-port
- March 2, 2020: The Jamaica Employment Federation warns of major economic fallout if the corona virus reaches Jamaica. Source: http://rjrnewsonline.com/local/jef-warns-of-economic-fallout-if-coronavirus-reaches-jamaica
- March 1, 2020: The first confirmed case of the Coronavirus in the Caribbean was recorded in the Dominica Republic today.
The victim was said to be a 62-year-old Italian man that arrived in the country on Feb. 22 who not showing any symptoms. He was receiving treatment in isolation at a military hospital. Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2020/03/
- February 29, 2020: The UK's Mirror reported that crew members on the MSC Meraviglia, that was not allowed to dock in Jamaica on February 25, had pepper sprayed brawlers on the ship.
The affected passengers were reportedly angry about been locked on-board. Source: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/coronavirus-cruise-ship-crew-pepper-21604587
- February 28, 2020: A cruise ship, with Italian passengers on board, was permitted to dock at the Ocho Rios pier after Ministry Of Health personnel determined that the visiting passengers would not pose a public health risk. Source: http://rjrnewsonline.com/local/cruise-ship-with-italian-passengers-permitted-to-dock-at-ocho-rios-port
It caused some panic and confusion, we were told, especially at the Craft Markets.
- February 28, 2020: Following his previous announcement on February 5, the Health Minister reported that the National Coordinating Committee was put in place.
The committee is co-chaired by the Prime Minister and the Minister of Local Government Desmond McKenzie and comprise stakeholders from industry, the public sector and civil society. It will have its first meeting early next week. Source: https://www.eturbonews.com/565121/statement-from-jamaica-on-coronavirus/
- February 28, 2020: The University of the West Indies (UWI) has reported a task force was established to assist with the efforts of the region’s public health providers. They will provide the scientific data on the virus and work with the governments in developing effective strategies. Source: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20200228/uwi-establishes-coronavirus-task-force
- February 27, 2020: Dr. Christopher Tufton, Health Minister, announced travel restrictions on four (4) additional countries which have cases of the coronavirus.
The countries are Italy, South Korea, Singapore and Iran. Source: http://rjrnewsonline.com/local/jamaica-restricts-travel-to-four-more-countries-affected-by-coronavirus
- February 27, 2020: Loop News reported that some port authority workers in Jamaica were offered the option of either redundancy or reduced pay as work at the ports declined because of the novel coronavirus outbreak in China. Source: https://www.loopjamaica.com/content/port-workers-jamaica-offered-reduced-pay-shipping-declines
- February 26, 2020. Time Magazine reported that The MSC Meraviglia cruise ship from MSC Cruise that was denied docking access here in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands amid fears of COVID-19, was allowed to docked at Cozumel in Mexico.
Source: https://time.com/5790955/cruise-ship-coronavirus-jamaica-cayman-islands/ and https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/25/travel/cruise-ship-corona.html
- February 25, 2020: The ministry of health reported that the crew member on the cruise ship that docked off the coast of Ocho Rios pier was placed in isolation after displaying high fever.
The person, of Asian descent, had traveled to that continent recently. Source: http://www.loopjamaica.com/content/sick-crew-member-cruise-ship-near-ocho-rios-placed-isolation
- February 25, 2020: Jamaica denied a cruise ship access to dock in Ocho Rios over coronavirus fears. The cruise ship (The MSC Meraviglia from MSC Cruises) had more than 6000 persons (4,500 passengers and 1,600 crew members). Source: http://nationwideradiojm.com/jamaica-denies-cruise-ship-access-over-coronavirus-fears/
- February 20, 2020: The St. Ann Health Department reported that the parish is 'ready' for the coronavirus.
- February 17, 2020: Up to yesterday, February 16, seven persons remained quarantined in Jamaica out of an abundance of caution but none were in isolation.
- February 17, 2020: Dr. Christopher Tufton, disclosed that we can now test for the coronavirus in Jamaica during a tour of the National Influenza Centre at the University Hospital of the West Indies. Source: https://jis.gov.jm/jamaica-can-now-test-for-coronavirus/
- February 13, 2020: The Ministry of Health and Wellness reported that a third person (Jamaican) has been put in isolation following arrival into the island at the Sangster International Airport on Tuesday, February 11. Source: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Third_Jamaican_isolated,
- February 13, 2020: The Health ministry advised the public that the results for the first patient, who was placed in isolation came back negative for the novel Coronavirus (COVID19). Source: https://www.moh.gov.jm/patient-tests-negative-for-novel-coronavirus-a-third-jamaican-isolated/
- February 11, 2020: The Health Ministry reported that representatives from The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) would arrive in the island tomorrow (Feb 12) to train local health workers on how to test for the coronavirus in Jamaica. Source: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Jamaicans_to
- February 11, 2020: Speaking at a town hall meeting, Dr. Christopher Tufton assured residents of Vineyard Town that they are at no increase health risk if a quarantine center was set up at the St. Joseph’s Hospital. Source: https://jis.gov.jm/health-minister-assures-residents-of-vineyard-town/
- February 10, 2020: The Jamaican health authorities reported that a patient who was being quarantined after returning home from China is now showing a "progression of symptoms" of the Coronavirus.
The patient was quarantined late last month in response to the Coronavirus that has had already killed close to 1,000 persons and infected thousands more in China. Source: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/lead-stories/20200210/jamaican-isolated-after-symptoms-progress-amid-coronavirus-concern
- February 3, 2020: A WestJet passenger plane that left Canada, bound for Montego Bay, was diverted to Toronto after a passenger claimed he had the Coronavirus. It turned out that it was a prank. The man was arrested and charged with mischief. Source: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/coronavirus-prank-forces-jamaica-bound-flight-back-to-canada_186385?profile=1373
- February 1, 2020: The Government of Jamaica imposed travel restrictions on all flights to and from China. Jamaicans were also advised not to travel there. Source: https://jis.gov.jm/health-minister-announces-travel-restriction-to-and-from-china/
- January 31, 2020: Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the country is in readiness mode for the coronavirus, both at hospital and ports of entry.
He made the revelation following a tour of the isolation facilities at the National Chest Hospital and the Norman Manley International Airport, yesterday, January 30, Dr. Tufton. Source: https://jis.gov.jm/jamaica-prepared-to-handle-coronavirus/
- January 31, 2020: Jamaicans students in China, particularly, those in the isolated Hubei province, indicated they wanted to come home as disease that has so far spread to 18 countries. Source: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/jamaicans-at-epicentre-of-coronavirus-want-to-come-home_186035
- January 31, 2020: Jamaica's Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton reported that there is no case of the coronavirus in Jamaica.
But he said that out of an abundance of caution, tests are being carried out on the individual who came from China approximately two weeks ago and who has been experiencing flu-like symptoms. Source: https://britishlinkz.com/news-entertainment/caribbean-news/dr-chris-tufton-says-no-case-of-coronavirus-travel-advisory-issued-for-travel-to-jamaica-from-china/
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How Can I Protect Myself from The Coronavirus?
Generally, the first recommendation is to reduce exposure to the virus. Additionally, basic hand wash, respiratory hygiene, and food safety practices are suggested.
The following information was extracted from the Ministry of Heath...
- Wash your hands frequently using soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Cover your mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue when coughing and sneezing. Be sure to throw away the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
- Avoid close contact, when possible, with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
- If you have fever, cough and experience difficulty breathing, you should seek medical attention immediately and share your travel history with your doctor.
- Raw meat or under-cooked animal products should be avoided. Also, raw meat, milk and animal organs should be handled with utmost care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods.
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So what do you think of this dreaded disease?
Do you think we can, and need to, do more? If so, what can we do different, or better? I welcome you comments below.
Other References To Coronavirus In Jamaica
- "CDC confirms second U.S. coronavirus case of unknown origin as World Health Organization raises global risk level to very high", https://www.cbsnews.com/live-updates/coronavirus-outbreak-death-toll-infections-latest-news-updates-2020-02-28/
- "Health & Wellness", Jamaica Information Service, https://jis.gov.jm/category/health/, Accessed February 29, 2020
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