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Jamaica: Spanish Town Mayor Wants COVID-19 Field Hospital

Spanish Town Mayor Norman Scott is calling for a field hospital to be erected in St Catherine as the parish experiences an uptick in COVID-19 cases.

He made the call against the background that the parish’s chief public health officer, Grayson Hutchinson, bemoaned a general disregard for infection-prevention protocols by some residents and warned that cases could continue to rise.

Delivering the medical officer of health’s report at yesterday’s meeting of the St Catherine Municipal Corporation, the mayor pointed out that for the seven-day period up to Wednesday, October 7, St Catherine had recorded 1,670 cases of the coronavirus, with 238 being active.

St Catherine has the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the island, following behind the Kingston and St Andrew region, which, up to Wednesday, accounted for 2,730 of the island’s 7,273 cases since March.

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