COVID-19 in Jamaica: Wary of a Third Wave

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The Ministry of Health and Wellness held one of their regular press briefings on April 29. It was not hard to detect a change of tone – and it was quite disturbing. There was hardly a glimmer of a smile, and at one point both Minister Tufton and the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) actually looked distressed. The body language spoke loudly.

There was no major self-congratulation over the number of new cases, which has declined quite a bit. There was no complacency, although our hospitals are under rather less pressure than they were a few weeks ago and there was a sense of relief that our beleaguered health care workers are getting some respite. As of yesterday (April 30) there were 199 new cases – the highest number being in the northern parish of St. Ann – and the positivity rate was an unimpressive 21.2 percent (our average positivity…

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