In a media release today, Dr. Guy said in the last 24 hours, there were 24 new cases across the island, and the alarming spike in the coronavirus cases within segments of the population is cause for concern especially among the elderly and persons with underlying illnesses.
Dr. Guy said the commuting public and transport operators must take extra precaution and obey the guidelines, especially the wearing of masks and sanitizing of hands as there is increasing concern that the instructions are not being followed in the transport sector. “The unfortunate death of a taxi operator recently, who contracted the virus, makes the point that every safeguard must be taken to protect the public and minimize the possible spread of the virus,” he said.
The Shadow Minister said that while law enforcement can play its role to ensure compliance in some scenarios, it is up to everyone to take responsibility to obey the COVID-19 guidelines and instructions from the Ministry of Health and Wellness.
He said there is increasing evidence of the spread of the coronavirus in several other jurisdictions, including the Caribbean, prompting the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to reintroduce stringent control measures to control the spread. In Belize, with 32 new cases being confirmed in a 24 hour-period, the government has imposed a country-wide curfew to curb the spread of the virus.
The Shadow Minister said although the government has missed many common-sense opportunities to implement measures and procedures to protect the Jamaican society, now is not the time to equivocate on the measures to protect the population.
“As late as it may appear to be now, I am appealing to the JLP administration once more to do what is right to protect the population by requiring visitors to the island to pretest before embarking to our shores,” Dr. Guy restated.
He said it is too easy for many to forget the things we need to do to ensure compliance. Still, they are very necessary to ensure the overall safety of the Jamaican society. In this season of political campaigning, we must ensure that we adhere to the regulations by wearing our masks and practice social distancing in our communities, townships and during the various campaign activities.
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