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17 Jamaican Farm Workers Contract COVID-19 In Canada 

It has been revealed that 17 Jamaican workers at a farm in Ontario, Canada have tested positive for coronavirus.

Jamaica’s Ministry of Labour said it is believed that the outbreak at Green Hill farm started with Guatemalans who are employed at the location.

The Jamaicans are among a batch of workers who went to Canada in early January on the seasonal farm work programme.

Collette Roberts Risden, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour, told Radio Jamaica News that the workers remain in quarantine and are recovering. They reportedly have no symptoms or very mild symptoms.

She said Jamaican and Canadian authorities are working to ensure their well-being.

Mrs Roberts Risden said an agreement has been reached with Green Hill Farm for the Jamaicans to be paid while in quarantine.

She said there are no reports of Jamaican workers on other farms in Canada or the United States being affected by the coronavirus.