Health Officials Bracing for Christmas COVID Surge

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High-level technocrats at the Ministry of Health and Wellness are bracing for a surge in COVID-19 cases for Christmas.
At the same time, they are pleading for people to take all the COVID precautions to reduce the possibility of hospitalizations since bed spaces are usually scarce in the Christmas period when there are often more injuries from traffic crashes and cases of non-communicable diseases requiring in-facility treatment.
During a COVID press conference Thursday, Chief Medical Officer Dr Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie said come January, the situation will be worse if Thanksgiving activity increases, pushing up the positivity rate.
Bisasor-McKenzie said Jamaica will not be able to manage if there is increased movement in the upcoming Thanksgiving period as this would likely translate into higher COVID-19 numbers.