No more COVID lockdowns in Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Prime Minister Andrew Holness has called on the nation to remain calm even as the country continues to record an increase in cases of COVID-19.

Speaking during a press conference on Sunday, the Prime Minister also declared that there will be no more lockdowns due to the pandemic.

“I have been very clear in Parliament; very clear absolutely, gone overboard to say we are not going back to lockdowns, so be calm,” he said.

He however stated that people should get vaccinated as the health authorities continue to grapple with a fourth wave of the pandemic.

“It is now in your hands. Go and take the vaccine. That is the strategy. We can’t hold you down and put the needle in your hand. If you get sick, you take that responsibility.”

Jamaica on Friday reported 1 593 new COVID-19 cases, a new record high for the island since the start of the pandemic. Friday’s numbers marked the third consecutive day the country recorded more than 1 000 positive cases.

There are now 7 229 confirmed active COVID cases on the island. (CMC)

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