Move quickly to reintroduce mask mandate, Opposition urges Government

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has been strongly criticised by the Parliamentary Opposition for not announcing the date for the re-imposition of  the mask mandate.
This comes in the face of another round of rapidly rising COVID-19 infections.
On Friday, Mr Holness said he will again make it mandatory for persons to wear masks in public places as the government tries to contain the fifth wave of  the pandemic, but he did not state an effective date.
Opposition Spokesman on Health Dr Morais Guy is questioning the delay, telling Radio Jamaica News that the Prime Minister should have acted faster to reintroduce the mask mandate as the risk of  transmission is rising.
The Ministry of Health & Wellness reported on Monday that 433 COVID-19 cases were confirmed from 4,336 samples on Sunday, for an infection rate of 34 per cent.
Ninety-five patients are in hospital.

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