(CMR) Jamaica is feeling the direct impact of reopening its borders on Monday after they confirmed this evening that 14 additional COVID-19 positive test results were imported from travelers arriving from the United States. This is the second consecutive day that positives cases were traced back to recent arrivals.
This also comes on the heels of the Jamaican authorities confirming that they are having to ramp up enforcement measures to ensure travelers are not breaching the home quarantine guidelines.
Dr. Christopher Tufton, noted that adherence is important in ensuring that persons who may be infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19) do not spread the disease in their household and wider community while they await their test results.
The latest imported cases are not entirely surprising the World Health Organization wanted today of “a new and dangerous phase” of the pandemic as cases grow in 81 countries.
In the United States, multiple states including Florida have repeatedly been setting new daily this week. The Sunshine State reached an all-time high of 3,822 new cases on Friday beating the previous record set just the day before. They now have almost 90,00 confirmed cases and over 3,104 people have died.
South Carolina also reported on Friday a record of 1,081 new daily cases. It was the seventh time in 11 days that the state broke its single-day case record, and the state epidemiologist on Thursday pleaded with residents to wear masks and practice social distancing.
Outside of the United States, Brazil is grappling with a dim reality as it became the second country to hit 1 million infected persons late Friday evening. Health experts say the virus there has not yet peaked. The health ministry also posted a record number of new cases in the past 24 hours – more than 54,000 with over 1,200 dead.