Jamaica now has 44 confirmed cases of Covid 19, Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton announced today.

6 of the 44 cases were confirmed today. The Health Minister says it’s the highest number of positives in terms of a batch that the country has ever recorded. Some 53 people were tested today with 47 returning negative.

Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, says the third person to die is a male from Westmoreland with a travel history from the United Kingdom.

The Minister was speaking this afternoon during a digital media briefing.

Dr. Tufton says the second COVID-19 related death occurred yesterday at the University Hospital of the West Indies.

He says the cause of death for the second victim is still under investigation.

Dr. Tufton says the six new cases are all related to the quarantined Corn Piece community in Clarendon.

He says this shows the necessity of the quarantine measures.

Dr. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health and Wellness.