Jamaica Reports 14 New Coronavirus Cases Just Days After Reopening Its Borders
PUBLISHED: Jun 22, 2020 9:31 AM
Jamaica has recorded 14 new coronavirus cases just days after opening its borders to international tourists, bringing the countries total to 652 confirmed cases.
The 14 new cases were all imported from the United States on arriving flights.
Six of the new cases are non-residents – with five of them staying in St. James and the other one in Westmoreland.
The Health Ministry says investigations are currently underway to determine if the other eight are Jamaican residents where they have addresses in St. Ann, Kingston, St. Andrew, Manchester, Clarendon, St. Catherine, and St. Mary.
These latest COVID-19 cases brings the total of number imported cases to 148.
Of the more than 650 cases in Jamaica, there are currently 184 active cases under observation, 458 peopled have recovered, and 10 have died.
Meanwhile, the island tested more than 19,000 people for COVID-19. Officials have not stated whether they would reconsider closing its borders to international tourists following the recent cases.
Jamaica is currently in Phase 1 of its reopening. During this phase, which lasts until June 20, tourism will be limited to a “COVID-19 Resilient Corridor” that spans along the coastline from Negril to Port Antonio.
Only businesses within the Corridor who have been trained, assessed, and cleared for opening are allowed to conduct business, according to a directive from The Ministry of Tourism.