Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the measures that have been implemented to fight the coronavirus (COVID-19) have reaped success, but they will be tightened if there is a significant increase in the number of cases in the island.
“Yes, we are doing well; but don’t let our success become our enemy,” the Prime Minister emphasised.
“Continue to faithfully follow the measures until we can declare this pandemic as being over,” he added.
Currently, there are 564 confirmed cases, 267 recoveries and nine deaths.
Speaking at a digital press conference on Tuesday (May 26) at the Office of the Prime Minister Media Centre in Kingston, Mr. Holness said as a result of the evidence that confirmed cases are trending down… “we have gradually been relaxing some of our control measures”.
However, he warned that if the numbers start to rise significantly, “we will tighten up again”.
Mr. Holness said the numbers could increase if persons stop adhering to the measures, and appealed to Jamaicans to remain faithful to them.
Furthermore, the Prime Minister said he wants the public to clearly understand that the measures will continue to be guided by the evidence and the numbers.
“So, even as we relax the measures and we increase the rate of repatriation of Jamaicans, with the best will and the implementation of the measures, we recognise that because of our limited resources and the constraint that places on our ability, there is the possibility that our numbers could rise,” he said.
The Prime Minister emphasised that he has repeatedly stated from the beginning of the epidemic that the Government’s response has to be measured and proportionate, evidence-based and situationally appropriate.