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Old March 18th, 2020, 06:21 AM
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Tufton: No issue with our capacity to test

With fewer than 100 persons tested since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Jamaica last Tuesday, raising questions about the country’s capacity, Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton yesterday declared that there is enough material to carry out over 2,000 examinations, with more on the way.

Tufton made the declaration while speaking at a press briefing at Jamaica House in St Andrew, where he, among other things, confirmed the island’s 13th case of COVID-19.

“We have sufficient reagents to test. We have enough to test approximately 2,500,” the health and wellness minister said.

“We just got new stock yesterday and we are ordering additional in anticipation that this will last for a particular period of time. So there is no issue right now as it relates to our capacity to test.”

Responding to questions about why more the people have not been tested, Chief Medical Officer Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie said people would have to first present with symptoms to meet that requirement.
Hey .. look at the bright side .... at least you're not a Liverpool fan! - Lazie 2/24/10 Paul Marin -19 is one thing, 20 is a whole other matter. It gets even worse if they win the UCL. *groan*. 05/18/2011.MU fans naah cough, but all a unuh a vomit?-Lazie 1/11/2015
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