Amid the growing spike in deaths and new cases of coronavirus, President of the Medical Association of Jamaica (MAJ), Dr Andrew Manning says the government should consider a lockdown in order to curtail the spread of the virus.
Manning says the daily data released by the Ministry of Health and the flood of persons turning up at hospitals with the virus paint a dire picture of the crisis.
“We have to have a pause on the amount of movement that is going on in Jamaica. We have to stop the large movement of people from one end of the island to the other. I think that as much as possible, persons need to work from home as much as possible….I have to leave that to the government guided by the technical people in the Ministry of Health, but we definitely have to do something to slow down the spread of this virus.”
He is also urging the government to implement tougher enforcement measures to slow the spread.
“We firstly, we have to continue with the communication to make sure that everybody in Jamacia gets onboard with the facgt that we can slow down the spread of the virus. Everybody needs to wear the mask properly , covering the nose, the mouth, people need to use hand sanitizers. People need to social distance - so with respect to the current things that have been put in place, the government needs to sanction persons who have been in breach of the guidelines and they have to apply the sanctions consistently, seriously and across all strata, they have to be consistent with it,” he said.
Meanwhile, data from the Ministry of Health and Wellness show that 21 persons died of coronavirus last week.
The country's death toll now stands at 417 after four more deaths were recorded on Friday.
228 persons are now hospitalised with 20 of them critically ill and 22 moderately ill.
Nearly 2,000 new cases were reported last week, pushing the coronavirus case count to 22, 817 - 15 of the new cases on Friday were imported.