Based on the latest report from this morning, Jamaica recorded 555 new cases of COVID-19 and a test positivity rate of 41.9%. Three additional persons died yesterday from the pandemic. I offer my sincere condolences to all who have lost a loved one.
Yesterday, we also had official confirmation of the presence of the delta variant in Jamaica. This is of course not a surprise as all indications had been pointing in that direction.
Our case numbers are unacceptably high and rising and the rate of hospitalisations is beyond the capacity of our health system to cope.
I will now ask the Minister of Health and Wellness and the CMO to give some further details and then I will outline the new measures.
Over the past few weeks, we have been gradually tightening the measures and have been cautioning that, if there was no significant improvement in our case numbers and hospitalisations, we would have to introduce tighter measures.
The COVID-19 sub-committee of Cabinet met earlier today and decided on the following new measures, effective from tomorrow, Friday, August 20 until September 7, 2021.
After careful consideration and the need to restrict movement except for essential activities even further, the following changes will be effected:
- There will be seven (7) no-movement days:
- Sunday, August 22nd
- Monday, August 23rd
- Tuesday, August 24th
- Sunday, August 29th
- Monday, August 30th
- Tuesday, August 31st , and
- Sunday, September 5th
- The normal curfew hours, with the exception of no-movement days, will be 7 pm nightly until 5 am the following morning on Mondays – Fridays and 6 pm on Saturdays.