Mixed COVID-19 signals? Omicron BA.2 variant is in Jamaica, and there are questions about timing

Petchary's Blog

I had asked whether we are “over” COVID-19 in Jamaica, since as of April 15 all remaining restrictions related to the pandemic have lapsed – including travel restrictions and mandatory mask wearing indoors.

Well, we are not quite over it, after all. I think we could have seen this one coming. Or did we know sooner? In fact, the new Omicron variant BA.2 has been in Jamaica since at least March 4, by the Government’s own admission.

I might add this question: Did we know that we had BA.2 variant on the island before the COVID-19 restrictions were completely lifted, on the eve of the non-stop-partying Easter holiday weekend?

In fact, Barbados reported cases of the Omicron BA.2 variant last week (April 14): 90 percent of their samples contained the variant, after Barbados sent them to the lab in Trinidad, which usually takes quite some time to get results. They…

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