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Jamaica: COVID CRACKDOWN – Lobbies Press Gov’t To Get Tough With Sanctions

The business community is warning that the Government’s failure to enforce the COVID-19 laws governing beach parties and other entertainment events could cost the country dearly, reversing the economic gains achieved since the easing of austerity measures over the last two months.

The lobbies’ call to action early Monday added pressure to the Holness administration as Cabinet met to forge new measures to stave off a wave of coronavirus infections that, as at August 10, stood at 1,031 cases. The recent spike included a 59-case jump over 48 hours late last week.

Holness has reconvened the House of Representatives, which was on recess, to declare tougher sanctions on COVID-19 breaches. There is also anticipation that he will announce the date of the next general election, campaigning for which has raised alarm over the disregard for distancing and mask-wearing on the hustings.

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