May 13, 2020 | By Hopeton O’Conner Dennie |
As Jamaica continues to see a slowing down of new COVID 19 infections the chief medical Officer Dr. Jacqueline Besesa Mackenzie said: “Jamaica has not reached the
community threshold … Jamaica has been able to flatten the curve. It is the things we have been able to put in place” Janaica’s chief medical officer was speaking at a Special Select Parliamentary Committee on the COVID 19 pandemic. These comments were monitored by Vision Newspaper.
A call centre in St. Catherine which has been identified as the source of many local spread has push up the numbers. This location is responsible for a high rise in cases or about 40 percent of the 503 cases confirmed so far.
To date Jamaica has had 503 confirmed cases and unfortunately there hace been nine deaths. Over 6000 tests have been carried out.
Churches and bars
There has been the Green light given by PM Holness to churches to open their doors on stipulated conditions come Saturday next. This is on a trial basis. Also bars and drinking facilities to reopen with tight restrictions on social distancing. The reactions have been mainly positive from the respective community leaders.
Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie is Senior National and International Correspondent for Vision Newspaper Canada.