(CMR) Jamaica continues to experience a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, with over 2000 confirmed cases over the weekend.
The country had record-breaking daily figures with 527 cases on Friday, 723 on Saturday, and 878 on Sunday. This is a total of 2128 confirmed cases within three days.
These are the highest daily figures recorded in the island since the coronavirus pandemic reached the country last year.
On Sunday, Minister of Health Dr. Christopher Tufton tweeted that the number of cases was a collective problem as persons continue to flaunt COVID-19 protocols.
“I accept that the Government has a responsibility and that our measures require improvement. Still, too many of our citizens are ignoring the need for personal responsibility,” he tweeted.
The health minister also warned, “As a result of these negligent actions, when you get to the hospital, the chances of you getting a bed is less and less likely. Jamaicans will die.”
Last week Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced several measures to combat the spread of the virus; however, many fear the country may be placed on full lock-down if the number of cases continues to increase.
Meantime, there are reports of hospitals running low on supplies such as oxygen. COVID-19 units at the majority of the island's hospitals had reached their capacity, and field hospitals were being set up to deal with the increased numbers.
The country expects to get its first batch of the AstraZeneca vaccine today with 50,000 doses from India.