COVID 19 cases in Jamaica jump from 73 to 105, 5th death recorded

Prime Minister of Jamaica Most Hon. Andrew Holness (Photo via JIS)
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(Jamaica Observer) The Jamaican Government on Tuesday announced a one-week lock down of one if it’s largest parishes- St Catherine (April 15-22). The new measure was triggered by a big spike in the number of positive COVID-19 cases from 73 to 105.

The Alorica call centre in Portmore, St Catherine, was named as the site of Jamaica’s largest number of COVID-19 cases since the island saw its first case in early March, with a total of 33 of its employees testing positive for the deadly virus.

The 31 new positive tests were announced by Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton at Jamaica House yesterday, followed by the announcement of the lock down by Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

Two positive tests related to the call centre, Alorica Interventions, were previously disclosed. The facility, which has since been closed, has a staff of 787.

The Prime Minister advised that the restriction imposed on residents of St Catherine could go on for 14 days. “This measure is a start, and we are starting with St Catherine,” he said.

He further announced that the police and health authorities have been instructed to launch an investigation into the circumstances under which the outbreak at the call centre occurred and to pursue charges where appropriate.

According to Dr Tufton, 258 workers have been sampled, and the 33 positive tests are from a total of 65 which have been done among the staff so far.

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