“COVID-19 is not over”, Tufton says after Jamaica hits highest daily total

Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton

Jamaica’s Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton, is urging citizens to follow coronavirus guidelines after the nation recorded its highest daily count over the past 24 hours.

With 263 new cases reported, Tufton said everyone should take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus. “We cannot become complacent at this time, as we still have to protect ourselves and others, especially the members of the population who are considered vulnerable to severe outcomes from the disease,” he said in a statement today.

“COVID-19 is not over; it is still a clear and present danger…we expect that our numbers may increase even further…”

– Tufton

The ministry noted that many of the cases are symptomatic people who are not taking precautions at home, with contact tracing revealing that some households have presented several cases of the virus.

Tufton said, “COVID-19 is not over; it is still a clear and present danger, as we investigate these cases, we expect that our numbers may increase even further, therefore, we need to keep washing our hands frequently or using hand sanitiser, keeping a physical distance of six feet from others; wearing our masks; avoiding crowded situations, and adhering to all the measures outlined in the Disaster Risk Management Act.” 

The ministry is monitoring almost 3,800 active cases across the island with close attention being paid to the parishes of Kingston & St Andrew, St Catherine, Manchester and St James, which have had the highest figures over the past two weeks.