Jamaica records highest number of COVID-19 cases

Our numbers have been high for the past week, but yesterday (February 4) stands alone with our highest number of new COVID-19 cases since the virus arrived in our island in March, 2020. Over the past seven days we have had 1,051 new cases (including yesterday’s). This is probably just the proverbial “tip of the iceberg.”

I still see people, on a daily basis, who are not wearing masks. These include many men – especially younger ones – doing manual work. Market vendors also do not wear masks, on the whole; I saw the Police Commissioner, wearing his mask, touring Coronation Market, in a tweet from the Jamaica Constabulary Force just this morning. The woman who was speaking to him was not wearing a mask. The videographer, or the Commissioner himself, should have insisted on her wearing one (or give her one!) at least for the purpose of the video. It gives totally the wrong impression.

This market vendor had a long conversation with the Commissioner of Police in Coronation Market this morning – sans mask. ALL government agencies need to be on the same page on COVID-19! This sends the wrong message.

Jamaica records highest number of COVID-19 cases

KINGSTON, Jamaica. Friday, February 5, 2021: Jamaica has recorded its highest number of COVID-19 cases in a 24-hour period, with 263 cases recorded from 1,785 samples tested in the last 24 hours.

The increase in the daily positivity rate of 14.73% is a cause for concern and reflects that there may be a complacent attitude that is taking hold in the population with regards to COVID-19 protocols. The cases are arising more and more out of symptomatic persons presenting to health facilities. Symptomatic persons are not taking precautions at home with the result that contact tracing is yielding several positives in the households and communities. Many of these contacts are without symptoms and are not adhering to any infection prevention and control measures.

To stop transmission, all persons, symptomatic or not, or whether they believe they are exposed or not, must wear masks and hand wash and hand sanitize frequently. Sick persons must stay home and all persons in the household must take precautions in the home.”

 Health & Wellness Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton is reminding Jamaicans of the need to strictly observe the COVID-19 protocols that the Government of Jamaica has put in place to protect themselves and others from contracting the disease.

“I implore every Jamaican to continue to take the necessary precautions to safeguard themselves from catching and spreading COVID-19. 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,” the Minister said.

Kingston & St. Andrew (70), St. Catherine (64), Manchester (46), Clarendon (32) were the parishes with the highest number for cases in the last 24-hour period.

“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 sanitizer, 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,” Dr. Tufton added.

The country also reported two deaths in COVID-19 positive patients, while no recoveries were on record for the 24-hour timeline. At this time, Health & Wellness Ministry is monitoring some 3,797 active cases across the island, even as it keeps a close watch on Kingston & St. Andrew, St. Catherine, Manchester, and St. James – the parishes with the highest number of active cases in the last two weeks.

Tips on mask wearing from the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

4 thoughts on “Jamaica records highest number of COVID-19 cases

  1. Thanks for keeping me abreast of the COVID news, Emma. It is a bit disappointing though – I was hoping that the case load would decrease in early 2021. Too much unrealistic optimism on my part, I suspect.

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