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Jamaicans hope for Xmas virus relief

Regional 04 Nov, 2020 Follow News

Andrew Holness is balancing virus measures

Jamaicans hope that the strict coronavirus protocols in place will be eased by Christmas.

While admitting that some Jamaicans were suffering from 'COVID fatigue' and with Christmas fast approaching, Prime Minister Andrew Holness indicated that there could be some relaxation of restrictions over yuletide.

Holness was guarded in his response to questions about whether the government would relax protocols over Christmas. Among the restrictions in place are a daily curfew that runs from 9pm to 5am and limitations on the number of people allowed to gather in public.

Having earlier announced that the existing protocols would remain in place through up to Nov. 30 in some instances, Holness said this was done “so that we can have a controlled relaxation of the measures at least for that (Christmas) period”.

Jamaica recorded one more COVID-19 related death and 126 new cases on Sunday, according to the Ministry of Health and Wellness. A 70-year-old female in St Ann died. Her death increased the total number of COVID-19 fatalities in Jamaica to 210.

Recorded infections is approaching 10,000. Recoveries increased by 20, bringing total recoveries to 4,637.

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