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Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton

Jamaica confirms second case of imported coronavirus

Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton

Jamaica has confirmed its second imported case of the novel coronavirus.

The revelation was made a short while ago by Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton via his Twitter account.

The Minister provided no more information saying that an update will be provided shortly.

The patient, who is currently in isolation, is said to be a female employee of the US Embassy who has a history of recent travel to the United Kingdom. The Embassy had said its offices today would be closed today, citing ‘unforeseen circumstances’.

Jamaica’s first case of the virus was confirmed yesterday, March 10.

That announcement was made by Tufton at a press conference.

That confirmed case was also a female who travelled from the United Kingston and returned to Jamaica on March 4, presented to the public health system on March 9 and has been in isolation since, Tufton said.

The patient was isolated based on her travel history and symptoms. A clinical sample was collected and sent to the National Influenza Centre and was confirmed today at 11:00AM.

The patient and her family members have been notified, he said. The infection is deemed to be travel-related, Tufton said who added that steps are being taken to prevent community spread.