A 58-year-old man who had a travel history to France and was recovering from COVID-19 died yesterday at The University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), as government officials intensified calls for Jamaicans to limit movement and interaction to rein in the outbreak.
A teenager from Kingston has also been tested positive for the disease.
The Ministry of Health & Wellness reported that the 58-year-old patient was found unresponsive and was noted to have had a cardiac arrest. It says resuscitation measures were unsuccessful.
Up to news time, it could not be ascertained how the patient contracted the disease or when he tested positive for COVID-19.
France, one of several countries on which the Holness administration had initially triggered travel restrictions before closing Jamaica’s borders to incoming passenger traffic altogether, reported a record 499 deaths in a day, pushing the country’s death toll from the novel coronavirus to 3,523.
With an additional two persons testing positive for the highly contagious disease, Jamaica’s total now stands at 38.
The two new cases are a 48-year-old female from St Elizabeth, with a travel history from Boston and Atlanta in the United States, who arrived in the island on March 24.
The second is a 13-year-old boy from Kingston and St Andrew. The ministry says his mode of transmission is under investigation.