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New Year’s Greeting

Happy New Year!

As we close out 2020 and embark on 2021, the New Year brings with it a renewed sense of possibility and a time for reflection.

The past year has been a particularly challenging one for Jamaica and the whole World, as we have lived through the crisis of the Covid-19 pandemic and have endured the major economic downturn that has resulted from it.

Over one hundred thousand Jamaicans who were employed this time last year, are now out of a job. Many businesses have had to scale down or even close operations. The virus continues to spread across the land, putting severe pressure on our health systems.

On a personal level, we have had to adjust to maintaining physical distance and wearing masks in public spaces, even as we seek to remain socially and emotionally connected.

It is the true Jamaican spirit of caring and sharing that we must rely on to pull through this crisis. We have seen it among those serving on the front lines of the pandemic – our doctors, nurses and hospital staff. We have seen it among our other essential workers who face danger every day to keep us safe – our firemen, police officers and soldiers.

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