Jamaica Enters 5th Wave Of Pandemic

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Public Health expert Dr Alverston Bailey says Jamaica is now in the 5th wave of the coronavirus and that the authorities should seriously consider re-introducing some restrictions.

The Ministry of Health yesterday reported that three hundred and 36 new covid cases were detected on Friday from three-thousand-and-82 samples.

The positivity rate is 30.3 percent.

There has been a steady rise in cases over the past few weeks and the Medical Association of Jamaica (MAJ) has raised alarm about the new surge.

Speaking with Radio Jamaica News last night, Public Heath expert Dr Alverston Bailey said the daily positivity rate is a clear indication that the country is now experiencing a major jump in community spread of the virus.

«The positivity rate has an average of 21 percent for the past seven days, this indicates that we are in a 5th surge. But because of the pathogenicity of the virus, the hospitalisations and the death rates are low. But the Omicron variant is vaccine evasive and highly transmittable……but some people, particularly the unvaccinated are extremely vulnerable.» 

 In addition, Dr Bailey believes  that the government review its mask mandate among other things.

On the weekend, the Jamaica Teacher’s Association (JTA) reported an increase in clusters of Covid-19 cases among teachers and students in public schools.

 It says the rising cases have forced some institutions to return to online classes as a precaution