Guy suggests tighter COVID curfews this ‘Emancipendence’
Opposition spokesman on health, Dr Morais Guy, has suggested a tightening of some of the measures that have been put in place under the Disaster Risk Management Act to contain the spread of COVID-19.
The positivity rate for the novel coronavirus more than doubled over the seven-day, July 18 - 24; moving from 8.7 per cent to 18.6 per cent, data from the Ministry of Health and Wellness shows. There were 156 confirmed COVID cases on Saturday.
"The current measures aren't sufficient in light of this increasing positivity rate. The reproductive rate is also on the rise and this is a bad omen for things to come. So the rate is cause for concern as well as the numbers of positive cases being seen now compared to the past two weeks," Guy told THE STAR.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness said last week that it is likely that a tightening of measures will be announced tomorrow to reverse the steady increase in persons contracting the virus. With Jamaicans getting ready for 'Emancipendence' celebrations, Guy is of the view that adjusted curfew hours should be used to help limit the spread of the virus that has, as of Saturday, infected 51,984 persons and claimed 1,176 souls locally.
"There may be a need for specific area lockdowns or curfews if the numbers in those areas show increases above the national numbers. ... A tightening of the curfew and well as restricting the large entertainment events may be a consideration," Guy said.