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By Alphanso Gomez

Senior Reporter

Some may say it is premature but when it comes to Covid-19 every little bit of success is worth a big song and dance.

It was music to my ears to learn that Jamaica had only recorded 9 new positive Covid-19 cases for the 24-hour period of December 27 and 20 for the 24-hour period of December 28.

These are the kind of figures we were looking at back in March when the Pandemic first hit us. Unfortunately the current numbers being reported also included 3 deaths of persons up around the 80 year old mark.

Where praise is earned it should be given gratuitously and so kudos and big to to the Most Hon. Andrew “Brogad” Holness, Minister of Health Dr. Christopher Tufton, Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health and Wellness Dr. Jacqueline Bisasor McKenzie, all the staff at the Ministry of Health and Wellness, the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and all the frontline workers who put their own lives at risk daily to contain the Pandemic.

It has been tough going but praises could not be too much for the people of Jamaica (The responsible ones) who faced this disaster bravely and stood as a buffer between complete disaster and a partial recovery.

Now that vaccines are being rolled out in numbers all Jamaica needs now is its shipment so that the situation can be contained at current levels.

There are many Jamaicans who have sworn that they will not be taking the vaccine when it becomes available. One thing we are good at as a country are conspiracy theories.

Why should we be worried? We are in a great position; we are seeing millions being vaccinated before it even gets to us so we will have a a lot of time to make an informed decision. How fair would it be for most of the nation to be trying to protect themselves and the reckless thinking of a few would possibly keep this deadly virus laying latently to mutate and attack again?

It would be a welcome move, certainly by me for the government to make the the administration of the vaccine mandatory (Of course here comes human rights on the soap box). But what about the rights of the rest of us to be healthy and secure from this monster?

Knowing our Prime Minister I am sure he wouldn’t choose that route but he’s going to have to rely a lot on ‘moralsuasion’.

The polio vaccine of the 1980’s was only about 60 per cent effective. These vaccines have efficacy rates of up to 95 per cent.

It is sadly ironic that those who are u in arms about the vaccines still take their newborns to get their jabs to protect them from the myriad diseases that threaten normal growth and development. Do those babies have a say in whether they get MMR and other vaccines? One thing is for sure, they can’t enter school without evidence of having being vaccinated.

Perhaps a similar approach can be thought out around the Covid-19 vaccine. I am confident that the Prime Minister and his erstwhile Cabinet will find the right solution.

Help is on the way…again Yippee Yeah…let’s keep the numbers down.

Stay blessed and healthy.

COVID-19 Clinical Management Summary for Sunday, December 27, 2020

 
NEW CASES 24 HRS OVERALL  NOTES
Confirmed Cases 9 12,732  
SEX CLASSIFICATION      
Males 0 5,791  
Females 9 6,939  
Under Investigation 0 2  
AGE RANGE 20 years to 80 years 1 day to 104 years  
       
PARISH CLASSIFICATION OF NEW CASES      
Clarendon 0 586  
Hanover 0 304  
Kingston & St. Andrew 7 3,886  
Manchester 0 563  
Portland 0 361  
St. Ann 0 786  
St. Catherine 0 2,688  
St. Elizabeth 0 373  
St. James 0 1,350  
St. Mary 2 340  
St. Thomas 0 479  
Trelawny 0 347  
Westmoreland 0 669  
       
COVID-19 TESTING      
Samples Tested 138 137,179  
Discharge samples tested in the last 24 hours 2    
Results Positive 9 12,732  
Results Negative 129 124,435  
Results Pending 0 12  
DEATHS IN COVID-19 POSITIVE INDIVIDUALS      
Deaths 3 298 An 81 years old male from St. James.

An 87 years old male from Kingston and St. Andrew.

An 89 years old male from St. Ann.

Coincidental Deaths 0 48  
Deaths under investigation 1 26  
RECOVERIES & ACTIVE CASES      
Recovered 142 10,161  
Active Cases 2,115    
QUARANTINE MANAGEMENT      
Number in Facility Quarantine 62    
Number in Home Quarantine 27,687    
HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT      
Number Hospitalised 83    
Patients Moderately Ill 9    
Patients Critically Ill 8    
NON-HOSPITAL ISOLATION      
Step Down Facilities 0    
State Facilities 24    
Home 2,007    
TRANSMISSION STATUS OF COVID-19 CASES      
Imported 0 561  
Local Transmission (Not Epidemiologically linked) 0 917  
Contacts of Confirmed Cases 0 1,524  
Cases Related to the St. Catherine Workplace Cluster 0 236  
Under Investigation 9 9,494  
Wednesday, 30 December 2020 12:56

Covid 19 Data for December 29, 2020

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Friday, 14 August 2020 16:43

Six New Positive COVID-19 Cases in Last 24 Hours

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Six new samples have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the last 24 hours, which brings the total number of confirmed cases in Jamaica to 1,071.

Monday, 01 June 2020 15:39

Covid-19 cases inch up to 588

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Jamaica has recorded two new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. There are now 588 confirmed positives for the island.

Doctor Lloyd Goldson, who provided prenatal care to Jodian Fearon, the woman who died after giving birth, said he has now given a statement to the police.

The National Surveillance Unit of the Ministry of Health & Wellness has reported that in the last 24 hours, 2 samples have tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Jamaica to 473.

The National Surveillance Unit of the Ministry of Health & Wellness has reported that in the last 24 hours, 6 samples have tested positive for COVID-19.

Tuesday, 24 March 2020 21:35

No Covid-19 cases among Healthcare Workers

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The Ministry of Health and Wellness has rubbished a Gleaner story that stated that members of the healthcare service tested positive for COVID-19.

People living with HIV (PLHIV) will need to take COVID-19 (coronavirus) very seriously!

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