Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is prepared to take more stringent measures, including a national lockdown, if the number of positive cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to rise.
“These measures will have an impact on the economy. It will have even greater impact on your ability to move; it will have even greater impact on your ability to gather. It really depends on what you do at this point in time,” he said.
The Prime Minister, who was addressing a virtual press conference on Monday (March 8), said Jamaica is now in the danger zone with regard to the pandemic.
On Sunday (March 7), the country recorded the highest number of new cases of COVID-19 over a 24-hour period, with 878 persons testing positive.
“We are now in the danger zone. The numbers will continue to rise. It is the nature of the pandemic,” the Prime Minister noted.
“If we do not get these numbers down, it is likely that he mortality rate could also rise, so in this phase of the management of the pandemic, the Government has to remain strident; it has to remain resolute in the measures that we have implemented,” he pointed out.
“Yes, we are in the darkest hour of the pandemic, and yes, it will pass at some time, but exactly how that happens depends on how you as an individual, as a citizen, as a worker, as a mother, father – it depends on what you do,” he stressed.