CABINET SUBCOMMITTEE TO REVIEW COVID-19 SITUATION

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness, says that the COVID-19 Subcommittee of Cabinet will meet over the weekend to review the coronavirus situation in the country.

The meeting comes as the island sees an uptick in cases of the virus.

Mr. Holness, who was addressing the House of Representatives yesterday (Wed), said that the meeting will, among other things, determine whether there may be need to tighten some of the current COVID-19 measures prior to their expiration on August 10.

He said that the nation will be notified via press conference on Tuesday, if government intends to make any new changes to the Orders.

The Prime Minister said that on Tuesday, Jamaica recorded 122 new cases of COVID-19, the country’s single highest day in terms of numbers in over eight weeks since May 2021.

He noted that there has also been an increase in the positivity rate.

The Prime Minister noted, further, that the reproductive rate now stands at 1.1, from a rate of below one for 16 weeks.

Mr. Holness told the House that the parishes of Hanover and Westmoreland are experiencing a greater level of spread on a per-capita basis, which is two to three times that of Kingston and St. Andrew.

The Prime Minister urged Jamaicans to observe the protocols that have been established to keep them safe.