Estimate of 60,000 Jamaicans Could Die of COVID-19, Experts Say

Specialist in Public Finance at the University of the West Indies, Dr Christine Clarke, says some 60-thousand people could die from COVID-19 if it reaches Jamaica.

Dr Clarke says she’s been doing what she calls ‘back of the envelope calculations based on data associated with the new virus and local statistics.

She says she examined the Jamaican population and the 3.4% fatality rate associated globally with COVID 19.

She estimates that if the disease makes it to Jamaica’s shores, some 70-per cent of Jamaicans would be infected as was the case with Chickungunya in 2015.

She says it also caused the workforce some 39-billion dollars.

Dr Christine Clarke, Specialist in Public Finance at the University of the West Indies.

She was speaking at a COVID-19 Preparedness Forum at the UWI, Mona campus, yesterday.


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