Editorial | How the COVID-19 Task Force can help

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Entornointeligente.com / If the Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it is just how ill-prepared the public bureaucracy is to manage a crisis.

The public apprehends that, too. A recently concluded opinion survey for the RJRGLEANER Communications Group by pollster Don Anderson, found that only 41 per cent of Jamaicans rated the Holness administration’s handling of the pandemic as good (28 per cent) or very good (13 per cent). A quarter (26 per cent) categorised the administration’s performance between poor (15 per cent) and very poor (11 per cent). A full third (33 per cent) said they were at best middling.

But perhaps more telling is the fact that more than four in 10 Jamaicans (46 per cent) cast most of the blame for the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, the island’s ongoing third wave of infections, on the Government. What, no doubt, caused people to come to this conclusion was the Government’s behaviour leading up to the current situation.

For instance, in July, even as he conceded that his decision would almost inevitably result in a jump in COVID-19 cases, Prime Minister Andrew Holness not only eased lockdown restrictions, but reopened the entertainment sector, which led to a rash of parties and fêtes which were widely believed to be superspreader events.

People also saw the chaos and inefficiency at the too few vaccination centres, despite a sufficiency of vaccines to meet current targets – and still too few Jamaicans willing to take the jab.

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