The Ministry of Health and Wellness today confirmed a second imported positive case of novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
Our news centre understands that the case is an employee at the US Embassy in Kingston who recently visited the UK and returned to Jamaica on Sunday.
Well-placed sources say the Embassy will be closed for the rest of the week.
Yesterday the Embassy advised that due to “unforseen circumstances”, its consular section would be closed today, Wednesday, March 11.
In the meantime, an emergency media conference is scheduled to begin any minute by Prime Minister Andrew Holness at Jamaica House.
It was scheduled to get underway at 5 p.m.
Yesterday, the Health Ministry announced Jamaica’s first imported case of COVID-19.
That person also travelled to the UK before coming to Jamaica.
In the meantime, four more people were tested today for the new coronavirus, COVID-19.
Director of Emergency Disaster Management and Special Service, Dr. Nicole Dawkins Wright says three of the persons returned from the UK and the other person’s travel history included the US and the UK.
She says they transited over the last four to seven days.
Meanwhile, Dr. Dawkins Wright says only one person is connected to the first COVID-19 case on the island.
Dr. Dawkins Wright also says there’re 12 people in quarantine in relation to the first COVID-19 patient who is being referred to as ‘patient zero’.
Those persons came into immediate contact with the patient.
This includes a doctor who ‘patient zero’ visited after developing symptoms.
Dr. Nicole Dawkins Wright, Director of Emergency Disaster Management and Special Service.
And Health and Wellness Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton says his personnel interrogated a lot of people who came into contact with ‘patient zero’.
Dr. Christopher Tufton, Health and Wellness Minister.
They were speaking on Cliff Hughes Online this morning.