(CMR) Jamaica's Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) on Thursday (August 20) reported a spike of 98 new COVID-19 cases bringing the island's tally to 1,290.
According to the Chief Medical Officer Jacquiline Bisasor-Mckenzie, the newly confirmed cases are suspected to be linked to the recent Emancipendence holiday weekend.
The spike in cases is a cause for concern for the country which is to head to the polls on September 3.
Jamaica also recorded one new COVID-19 death, that of a 74 year-old man, bringing the total number of fatalities to 15.
Just a day prior, the MOHW revealed that two more communities in the St Thomas parish had been placed under quarantine.
The MOHW noted that the decision was taken as there has been an increase in cases, with 13 new COVID-19 cases observed over the last three weeks and some 107 persons have been identified as being positive for the virus in the parish.