Jamaica has its first case of coronavirus proving Blacks can be affected by the virus.

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There were online rumors that Blacks were immune from the coronavirus because their pigmentation and melanin but a Black Jamaican was diagnosed with the virus today, dispelling the rumor.

The island confirmed its first imported case of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Kingston.

The patient is a Jamaican female who had travelled from the United Kingdom, which has cases of COVID-19. She arrived in the island on March 4, presented to the public health system on March 9, and has been in isolation since then.

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Based on the patient’s travel history and symptoms, health professionals suspected COVID-19. A clinical sample was collected and sent to the National Influenza Centre, where laboratory tests confirmed the diagnosis today at approximately 11:00 am. The patient and family members have been informed.

The patient’s infection was travel-related. However, steps are being taken to prevent the risk of community spread.
These measures include:

• The dispatch of a health team to the home of the patient for assessment and initiation of public health measures.
• The identification and contact tracing for all possible exposed persons.
• Meeting of ministry officials with members of staff at the hospital and the necessary interventions put in place.

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