Jamaica Becomes First CARICOM Country to Register 10,000 COVID Cases

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Jamaica has become the first CARICOM country to register 10,000 positive cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) after health authorities on Wednesday reported that the island had recorded 60 new cases of the virus over the past 24 hours.

Jamaica also recorded two more deaths, pushing its total 233.

According to the Ministry of Health and Wellness, the new positive cases included 35 females and that the island’s total confirmed COVID-19 cases now stand at 10,019, of which 4,278 are active.

The ministry said 10 of the new cases are contacts of confirmed cases and the other 50 are under investigation.

The two deaths recorded are that of an 88-year-old woman from Kingston and St Andrew and a 90-year-old male from Westmoreland. The ministry said that another death previously under investigation has now been classified as coincidental.

The authorities said that 31 patients have recovered from the virus, bringing the country’s total recoveries to 5,369.

Jamaica now surpasses Haiti, which in July led the CARICOM countries with the highest cases. Haiti now has 9,191 cases, followed by The Bahamas with 7,323 cases and Trinidad and Tobago with 6,135 cases.

With the exception of Belize, Guyana and Suriname, all other countries associated with CARICOM have reported less than 1,000 cases.