As many as 17,000 could die from COVID-19, Jamaican public health expert warns

Dr Alverston Bailey


A public health expert is projecting that as many as 17,000 Jamaicans could die from COVID-19 if the spread continues on the current trajectory.

Dr Alverston Bailey, Associate Professor at the School of Public Health at the University of Technology, says with the rapid spread of the virus, it's time for a reality check for Jamaicans.

He has noted the health ministry's prediction that about 1.5 million Jamaicans will contract covid-19, adding that the current death rate is of great concern.

Sunday’s Statistics

On Sunday the Ministry of Health & Wellness reported that COVID-19 related deaths had jumped by seven to a total of 67.

Confirmed cases of the infection had risen by 230 over the previous 24 hours, it added, pushing the total of COVID-19 positive cases to 4,988.

Kingston & St. Andrew accounted for most of the new cases with 116 infections. The neighbouring parish of St. Catherine recorded 34 cases.

Mask wearing

Professor Bailey told Radio Jamaica News that the government must immediately enforce mask wearing to avert a calamity.

He added that the government needs to improve its messaging concerning the disease.



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