COVID Positivity Rate in Slow Decline – MOH

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Jamaica’s chief medical officer Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie, says there is a downward trend in new coronavirus infections as the Yuletide season approaches.

However she has warned citizens not to let their guard down for fear that crucial gains might be eroded in the lead-up to Christmas.

That serves as good news for a nation fatigued by the virus, which has caused the loss of tens of thousands of jobs and could shrink the economy by 10 per cent this fiscal year.

The weekly positivity rate shows that there has been a downward trajectory from 24.4 per cent at week 38 to just above 10 per cent at week 45. But a plateau has formed since week 42 of the year.

Kingston, St Andrew, St Catherine, St Thomas, Portland, St Elizabeth, Manchester, and Clarendon have seen gradual declines.