A 98-case jump in COVID-19 cases and a 15th death will concentrate the minds of a Cabinet subcommittee that meets today to review the record one-day increase. New concerns are rising about whether to postpone the September 3 general election as well as delay the reopening of schools four days later.
The alarm comes as the Medical Association of Jamaica (MAJ) has deplored as “disheartening” the disregard for the wearing of masks and the observance of social distancing to prevent coronavirus spread.
“The leadership of both parties have indicated that their respective supporters will behave responsibly but actions speak louder than words!” said MAJ President Dr Andrew Manning.
Ten of the cases are from backlog samples and the remaining 88 are from recent testing, pushing the overall count of confirmed cases to 1,290.