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Jamaica: ‘Complete lockdown would have made sense’

The health sector is in a worse situation than anyone can imagine, and three weekends of consecutive lockdowns will only make things worse, according to shadow minister on health, Dr Morais Guy.

The weekend lockdowns, aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19, began March 26 and run until April 12.

However, Guy has described the on-again, off-again, on-again strategy as counterproductive, arguing that it will only prolong the hardships of the people.

“The number of COVID-19 cases will not decrease, we will not see any decrease in the numbers as a result of these measures in one-to-three weeks,” he explained during a March 24 press conference at the Office of the Opposition Leader in St Andrew. Guy said that from a public health perspective a complete lockdown would have made more sense, as the government’s measure is a little too late and will only prolong the agony for the population.

With COVID positive cases on the rise and topping 37,000, the country’s 5,100 hospital beds are under pressure with at least 15 per cent of them being occupied by patients with COVID or suspected of having COVID-19, and crowding out persons with non-communicable diseases and other illnesses, Guy charged.

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