Prime Minister Andrew Holness will host a media briefing at 5 p.m. today at which time he is expected to speak about the drastic rise in COVID-19 cases.
Jamaica on Sunday recorded a record 878 cases of COVID-19, far surpassing the previous highest of 723 cases that were recorded on Saturday. The country first passed the 500 mark on Friday when 527 cases were recorded.
In an Instagram post on Sunday, health minister Dr Christopher Tufton said that the increase in the number of positive cases will mean that the health system will find it very difficult to cope.
“Let it sink in that it means longer waits, it means persons having to suffer for longer periods before they can get a bed, and generally speaking, a health system that is going to experience significant stress and fatigue,” the minister said.
Jamaica is set to receive its first batch of COVID-19 vaccines in Jamaica today. Some 50,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines are expected to arrive from India via Miami this afternoon.