Jamaica Isolates Second Patient Over Coronavirus Fears, Health Minister Announces


The Health and Wellness Ministry says a second person who travelled from China to Jamaica last month, has presented with elevated symptoms that could suggest the novel coronavirus.

It says between January 23 and February 8, 116 persons arrived in Jamaica who had been in China 14 days prior to arrival here. 

It says one of them had mild symptoms and was immediately isolated. 

The Ministry says that person’s symptoms have since improved.

Jamaica’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Jacqueline Bissasor McKenzie, was speaking at a media conference a short while ago. 

Dr Jacqueline Bissasor McKenzie, Chief Medical Officer

The Ministry says the purpose of quarantine is to closely monitor patients to identify their symptoms and the appropriate measures to take.

It says samples were taken from the patient and will be processed by the National Influenza Centre and sent overseas for testing.

Those results are to be received in the next two weeks.

Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.

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