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Four cases of COVID variant in Jamaica

Four cases of COVID variant in Jamaica

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – Four passenger samples from the recent United Kingdom (UK) flight to Jamaica were confirmed positive for the new strain of COVID-19, Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton announced on Saturday.

The samples were sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for further evaluation, the Jamaica Observer reports.

Jamaica restricted flights from the UK, until January 31. This particular flight arrived on December 21, the same day Government announced the restrictions due to an outbreak of the new COVID-19 strain.

Passengers from the flight were quarantined and tested, and 20 passengers from the flight were positive for the disease. Dr Tufton said the health officials had no evidence to suggest that the new strain was in the general population. (Jamaica Observer)