Professor Peter Figueroa
Peter Figueroa, Professor of Public Health at the University of the West Indies, Mona, says Prime Minister Andrew Holness should consider restricting large indoor gatherings as part of measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.
With Jamaica recording more than 1500 cases of the virus since last week, Dr. Figueroa says measures to combat the latest wave of the pandemic must be implemented now.
"They definitely need to mandate wearing of masks in all indoor spaces in public transport and wherever there are crowds gathering. They should encourage physical distancing, so work from home, I think that is something that can be instituted broadly."
"They could reduce the size of crowds gathering and...if you're in the open air, the risk of infection is much, much lower, so people could take off their masks outdoors as long as they're not in crowds so that they can get some relief. But once they're indoors or in crowds or in public transport, they need to wear masks," he asserted.
Dr. Figueroa has recommended that parties and other entertainment events be restricted to outdoors.
He is predicting a further surge in COVID-19 cases in Jamaica in coming weeks.