(CMR) Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness has extended Jamaica's no-movement days over two weekends as the country tries to bring the surge in COVID-19 cases under control.
For the month of August, Jamaica recorded over 15,245 new cases of COVID-19 and 351 deaths, Jamaica Gleaner reported. Hospitals have reached their capacity, and last weekend, the country's oxygen supply ran low, creating fear among those hospitalized with breathing problems.
While assuring the country not to panic, Holness said there was a need for more actions to help reduce the number of cases.
The no-movement days announced by the prime minister are Sunday, September 5; Monday, September 6; Tuesday, September 7; Sunday, September 12; Monday, September 13; and Tuesday, September 14.
Holness said that outside of the no-movement days, the nightly curfew would begin at 7:00 pm and end at 5:00 am the next day, except on Saturdays when the curfew begins at 6:00 pm.
Holness said the island’s reproductive rate of coronavirus infections, which was 1.4 two weeks ago, is now calculated to be at 1.1.
This shows that the previous seven days of lockdown were working, but Honess said, “Now this is not any point of celebration… We are grateful that it is down. What it shows is that the tighter measures are starting to show some results and it is starting to bend the curve.”