Today is world health day and Jamaica is four weeks into the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ministry of Health and Wellness is reporting that the island has recorded four more COVID-19 cases, pushing the country’s tally to 63.

And the government will extend the current island-wide nightly curfew. Of the latest confirmed COVID-19 cases, twenty-nine are females and thirty-four are males. The new cases are three females, ages 48, 26 and 48 and a 26-year-old male.

They are trace contacts from a confirmed case in Kingston. Jamaica now has 30 imported cases, 22 import-related, and 11 under investigation. Three persons have died and nine have recovered. In addition, some 80 medical students are now manning the ministry’s call centre to better respond to the needs of the people Cabinet has approved the use of the national arena as a field hospital that can treat up to 130 people.

The work has already started to retrofit that facility with 72 beds, monitors and other equipment. And it’s official; the St. Andrew’s Memorial Hospital will now be used as an extension of UWI hospital to treat non-COVID -19 patients.

While Jamaica is making good progress in treating and slowing the spread of the virus the chief medical officer points out that the nation’s real recovery depends on our international partners.