COVID-19 Cases Trending Down

Health Minister urges continued vigilance

As the number of new COVID-19 cases continues on a downward trend, Minister of Health & Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton is hailing the healthcare team for their continued work and also thanking members of the public for their co-operation in adhering to the COVID-19 infection prevention and control measures and the orders under the Disaster Risk Management Act.

“Successfully tackling this pandemic requires a whole-of-society approach and our assessments are showing a positive relationship between the implementation of our protocols and the regulations under the Disaster Risk Management Act and lower rates of COVID cases,” Dr. Tufton noted.  

In the last 24 hours, Jamaica recorded 80 new cases, 3 deaths and 113 more recoveries. The daily positivity rate logged at 10.8%, representing one of the lowest since January 2021. The seven day moving average (April 21-27) for the positivity rate now stands at 16.3%.  

At the same time Dr. Tufton has cautioned the population to continue its adherence to the protocols, “Our actions now will determine the future outcomes an there continued compliance is important, as we work to get all indicators, including hospitalization and the positivity rate at a manageable level.” 

Jamaicans must adhere to the provisions under the Disaster Risk Management Act, even as they increase their vigilance to the infection prevention and control measures – washing hands frequently or using hand sanitizer, keeping a physical distance of six feet from others; wearing masks and avoiding crowded situations.