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Watch: Jamaica recorded first Covid-19 death, 15 confirmed cases

Jamaica recorded first Covid-19-related death, 15 confirmed cases

Jamaica has recorded its first Covid-19-related death as it confirms 15 confirmed cases of the virus.


A 79-year-old male from the parish of Clarendon, whose travel history includes New York, and who had diabetes and hypertension, Jacqueline Bisasor McKenzie, Chief Medical Officer, announced this afternoon. To date, six test results are outstanding.

The patient was presented to the Lionel town hospital on March 16th with Symptoms. He was in isolation in Mandeville but later died at about 3 pm while being transferred to the University Hospital of the West Indies, UHWI.

Jamaica has approximately 2500 test kits and we are ordering additional test kits, according to Prime Minister Andrew Holness. “There is no issue in relation to our capacity to test for Covid-19 at this time,” he added in a tweet.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Labour and Social Security has been delivering welfare packages to families in the quarantined communities and to date over 900 packages have been delivered. These packages also include hygiene products. MLSS has enough packages of food for delivery.

This story is developing…