IDB Jamaica civil society group calls for establishment of National Commission on COVID-19

Petchary's Blog

Yesterday (Friday, March 5) Jamaica recordedits highest ever number of new cases (527). In the past seven days, 29 people have died from COVID-19 and we have had around two thousand new cases. We have COVID-19 cases in every community, in every parish. As we are still waiting for the vaccine (the first batch of which I understand is on its way from India, although the Ministry of Health and Wellness has not confirmed this yet) we need to be focusing on what’s happening on the ground.

There is clearly something missing; as numbers soar and the 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. curfew remains in place, Jamaicans continue to flout COVID-19 protocols and regulations at every turn. It is not only parties, but also large gatherings at funerals, burials, in churches, crowds of people outside government offices; vendors not wearing masks at markets; and so on. A two-week ban…

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