PNP says spike in COVID-19 cases worrying

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Opposition Spokesman on Health and Wellness, Dr Morais Guy says the spike in the number of positive cases of Coronavirus and jump in hospitalisation present a worrying trend for the nation. He said Jamaica had seen an 80 percent jump in the number of persons who have been hospitalised.

According to data from the Ministry of Health and Wellness for Sunday and Monday there was a total of 35 new cases, most of them being imported. This compares to an average of about four or five cases a day in the last two weeks. Jamaica has recorded 810 cases so far, but nearly 90 percent have recovered.

In a statement today, Dr Guy said, between Sunday and yesterday, July 19 and July 20, the COVID-19 admission had a dramatic jump from five to 35 positive patients.
The Shadow Minister said with a backlog of 10,000 test results and the tardiness of the government in doing these tests, it is uncertain as to the true level of community spread and every Jamaican must take
necessary steps to ensure their own safety as the number of cases
increases.

On the basis that Florida accounting for the bulk of incoming passengers to Jamaica, and is now the new epicentre for the virus, Dr

Guy said established measures to guard against the disease must be maintained, and passengers arriving from Florida should be carefully screened and tested before they are allowed to mingle freely with the
rest of the population.

Dr Guy is again calling for pretesting of passengers, especially those coming from anywhere in the United States, before they board flights to Jamaica.

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