22 Delta Variant cases discovered in Jamaica

The Ministry of Health and Wellness of Jamaica has reported that around 22 Delta variant cases have been found in the island country. 

Jamaica: The Ministry of Health and Wellness of Jamaica has reported that around 22 Delta variant cases have been found in the island country. 

The Health Ministry stated that the positive cases are among the results of forty of sixty samples sent for COVID-19 testing at the Caribbean Public Health Agency. 

The Health and Wellness Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, stated in a media statement, “The epidemiology and the laboratory teams are now doing further analysis to recognise if there is any particular significant factor related to the 22 identified. The public would be kept updated.” 

It is not indicated by the Health Ministry that when these samples were sent for testing. The confirmation of the appearance of the variant comes as Jamaica recorded 289 new COVID-19 infectious and confirmed 19 deaths in the last 24 hours. 

According to the statistics, till date there are a total of 59,377 cases of the contagious COVID-19 mutant while a total of 1,339 individuals lost their lives to the COVID-19 virus in the island country. 

The Prime Minister of Jamaica – Andrew Holness has urged the citizens to take their jabs of the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible so as to defeat the deadly mutant. 

The Health Ministry further asked the citizens to abide the COVID-19 health protocols such as – wearing masks, sanitizing frequently, and maintaining social distance. 

In addition, the Jamaican government informed that under the Local Economic Development Support Programme, in total, 404 local economic initiatives (LEIs) have benefited from business support services provided. 

This has employed jobs to more than 1,659 people, inclusive of 189 youth. The government noted that out of the people who got employment, around 840 had gained full-time employment; 542 were employed part-time, while 277 were engaged seasonally.

The government further informed that approximately $3.8 million in funding assistance was also provided for six project proposals.