(CMR) Prime Minister Andrew Holness kept his promise to the Jamaican people that there would be no more lockdowns to fight the spread of the coronavirus in the country. On Sunday, during a press conference, the prime minister made it clear that there would be no more lockdowns despite increasing COVID-19 cases.
Last year, Holness said his administration would end lockdowns. He reiterated this decision on Sunday as persons entered panic mode following the rapid increase of coronavirus in the country.
“I have been very clear in Parliament, very clear, absolutely gone overboard to say that we are not going back to lockdowns, so be calm. And I have said what the strategy is. It is now in your hands. Go and take the vaccine. That is the strategy,” Holness said.
“We can't hold yuh down and put the needle in your hand. If yuh get sick, you take that responsibility,” he continued.
“There is an option; we have vaccines all over the place. We have sites all over the place. I don't hear one person complain that they can't get the vaccine anywhere. Go and get vaccinated. Argument done,” he ended.
Last Friday, 7 January, Jamaica reported 1,593 new COVID-19 cases, a new record high for the island since the start of the pandemic.