Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Desmond McKenzie, is calling on Jamaicans to pray for ease in the COVID-19 situation on the island going into the Christmas holidays, to prevent a disastrous position in January.
According to McKenzie, this is especially if people in general do not start to take the pandemic seriously and abide by the various restrictions that the Government has put in place to curb the spread of the virus locally.
“In this time leading up to Christmas, I am going to urge everybody to let us pray. Whether we go on wi knees, we go in a corner, we sit in the comfort of our homes or churches, wherever, we need prayers because if the thing doesn’t hold during this festive season, we are in for a warm time come January. The consequences of that are going to be severe. It’s going to be great if we don’t pull back,” said McKenzie.
He was addressing a small gathering on Sunday at the upgraded Church Street facility for the homeless of the Corporate Area to get a meal and sleep, as part of the municipality’s efforts to help in the fight against the coronavirus.
He said the Government is not being dictatorial with the regulations, but the measures are to save lives, with the island on Sunday reporting 12,224 cases with close to 300 deaths from the virus.