Health Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, is reiterating that there’s been no confirmation of the highly transmissible Delta variant of COVID-19 in Jamaica.

The Minister’s comments follow widespread speculation and rumours yesterday that a case of the variant had been confirmed at the Kingston Public Hospital.

Dr Tufton denied that the variant was in the country.

As cases linked to the variant are rising in the US and the UK, local public health experts have warned that the variant is likely to arrive in Jamaica.

The country is currently experiencing an uptick in positive cases triggering fears that the variant may already be present.

The Ministry of Health is still awaiting results from samples that were sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency, CARPHA for testing.

Minister Tufton says while the Delta variant has not been confirmed in the country, Jamaicans should expect the situation to get worst.

Dr Christopher Tufton, Health and Wellness Minister.

He was speaking at a Covid Conversations media briefing last evening.