Dr. Christopher Tufton
Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton has said the health sector could come under increased pressure because of the high number of trauma cases coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Data from the Jamaica Constabulary Force show there were 1,161 murders between January 1 and September 21.
Despite the figure being less than last year, Dr. Tufton said it is still cause for concern.
"It certainly makes the job of public health more difficult because cases of trauma - whether gunshot wounds, stab wounds, blunt instrument wounds, or otherwise - does require hospital time, surgery, time accident, and emergency time. So we certainly join in expressing our concern and condemnation to any acts of crime or violence," he declared.