Meetings, speeches – and by the way, our fifth wave of COVID-19

Jamaica’s Health and Wellness Minister Christopher Tufton and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie have been very busy recently in Geneva, Switzerland, where the 75th World Health Assembly took place, ending on May 28. They have been talking a great deal about non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which as we know are rampant on the island – … More Meetings, speeches – and by the way, our fifth wave of COVID-19

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

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

The ruling on Nzinga King raises long-standing discrimination issues in Jamaica

It has not been a good week; not for the environment (permits were issued for the mining in Cockpit Country to go ahead) – or for human rights. On Wednesday, February 9, after a wait of around seven months, our Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn announced that she is recommending that no criminal … More The ruling on Nzinga King raises long-standing discrimination issues in Jamaica

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 … More Jamaica records highest number of COVID-19 cases

Jamaica’s COVID Election: Protocols for Voting on Election Day

In the early hours of this morning, my WhatsApp pinged and there were the Amendments to the Disaster Risk Management (Enforcement Measures), which had just gone out to the media. For all those who live in Jamaica and are registered to vote, please take note of these important protocols, to be observed on Election Day, … More Jamaica’s COVID Election: Protocols for Voting on Election Day

Jamaica COVID-19 Update: Another Community Quarantine, Electioneering, and Irresponsible Behavior

Happy Independence Day, Jamaica! Our health officials have been trying to press home the need for social distancing and the wearing of masks, as our local transmission numbers for COVID-19 and the numbers of those hospitalized who are suspected of the virus continue to climb. As of today (August 6) we had eight new cases … More Jamaica COVID-19 Update: Another Community Quarantine, Electioneering, and Irresponsible Behavior

COVID-19 in Jamaica, Physical Distancing, and a Tale of Two Press Briefings tv

Here are a couple of useful websites, before I forget to share them: This one is for people to do a self-assessment for COVID-19, and for employers to check on employees’ status. There is another general one that is updated with local and global states, where you should self-report if you have arrived in Jamaica … More COVID-19 in Jamaica, Physical Distancing, and a Tale of Two Press Briefings tv

Ministry Issues Recommendations for the Wearing of Masks

There has been much discussion about the wearing of masks in Jamaican social media. Jamaicans have even started making their own. At the last press briefing on COVID-19, the Chief Medical Officer demonstrated how to put them on and remove them. The World Health Organization also shares guidelines on “When and How to Use Masks”here. … More Ministry Issues Recommendations for the Wearing of Masks