|NEW CASES||24 HRS||OVERALL||NOTES|
|AGE RANGE||20 years to 80 years||1 day to 104 years|
|PARISH CLASSIFICATION OF NEW CASES|
|Kingston & St. Andrew||7||3,886|
|Discharge samples tested in the last 24 hours||2|
|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.
|Deaths under investigation||1||26|
|RECOVERIES & ACTIVE CASES|
|Number in Facility Quarantine||62|
|Number in Home Quarantine||27,687|
|Patients Moderately Ill||9|
|Patients Critically Ill||8|
|Step Down Facilities||0|
|TRANSMISSION STATUS OF COVID-19 CASES|
|Local Transmission (Not Epidemiologically linked)||0||917|
|Contacts of Confirmed Cases||0||1,524|
|Cases Related to the St. Catherine Workplace Cluster||0||236|
By Alphanso Gomez
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.
Reggae icon Frederick ‘Toots’ Hibbert had a quiet burial amid few mourners on Sunday, Novemver 15, a stark contrast to a bombastic career in which his distinctive voice and infectious smile made millions of fans across the globe and transformed stages into shrines of hero worship.
Hibbert, 77, was buried at National Heroes Park beside Dennis Brown following the intervention of Culture Minister Olivia Grange after a family dispute scuttled interment after his funeral in October.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the efforts to give Hibbert a heroes send-off culminated after his body lay in repose in major townships to allow adoring fans to get a final glimpse of the larger-than-life entertainer credited with giving reggae its name.
With more than 20 persons attending the burial, a few people stood on the outskirts of the burial site to observe the proceedings.
One of them was Michael Allen, who admitted that it was not his original intention to observe the burial but did so nonetheless after reality hit that it would be Hibbert’s last day above ground.
“Toots is a great musician. I [was] sitting and watching CNN the other evening and seeing his music play in New York City and everybody singing to his music,” he said.
Errol Williams, who also witnessed the burial from afar, said he had known the Grammy winner and his family for decades.
“I was the one who used to take the wife to supermarket back and forward for over 20 years.
‘Toots, my bona fide friend, you pass off and gone, but sleep on. You are going to be missed all across the world,” he said.
The ceremony featured musical tributes from well-known members of the local entertainment fraternity, among them saxophonist Dean Fraser, performing arts company Nexxus;,drummer Bongo Herman, and singer Dimario McDowell.
The tributes also included several medleys of Hibbert’s vast musical repertoire.
The act of committal was undertaken by pastor of Fellowship Tabernacle in Kingston, the Rev Merrick ‘Al’ Miller, and Dr Carlene Davis.
Toots, a three-time winner of the Jamaica Festival Song competition, was one of the 10 finalists for 2020 with his entry Rise Up Jamaicans.
His greatest hits spanned five decades, among them Bam Bam, 54-46 (That’s My Number), Monkey Man, Pressure Drop, and Pomps and Pride.
Hibbert died at The University Hospital of the West Indies on September 11 after being infected with the coronavirus.
A week before his death, the prolific hitmaker released his latest album, Got To Be Tough, on the Trojan Jamaica label.
He had been consistently touring with his band, the Maytals, since the early 1970s, when his landmark album Funky Kingston made him a global superstar, opening for groups such as The Who and the Eagles
Newly sworn-in Opposition Senator, Peter Bunting, is commending strong investigative journalism for paving the way for his appointment to the Upper House.
The former Central Manchester MP, took the oath shortly after 10 Friday morning, December 18, after weeks of delay due to the actions of former PNP Treasurer, Norman Horne.
Mr. Horne had failed to declare that he was a United States citizen, which made him ineligible to sit in Jamaica's parliament.
Mr. Bunting says journalists were forced to grab the proverbial bull by the horn to make his appointment possible.
He says this highlights the need for strong constitutional reform.
Mr. Bunting was finally sworn in after the erstwhile office holder Norman Horne finally called on the Governor General to rescind his appointment.
Mr. Horne had been appointed by former Leader of the Opposition Dr. Peter Phillips, who later resigned from that post making way for a run-off between Lisa Hanna and Mark Golding, which Golding won.
Mr. Horne previously failed to have the appointment rescinded despite making a public commitment to do so.
In a statement following his resignation, Mr. Horne said the delay was due to an effort to bring an amicable resolve to some of the interpersonal conflicts which continue to exacerbate deep divisions within the PNP.
However, Mr. Bunting says a more significant example of the need for constitutional reform was the ruling by the Supreme Court which found the lengthy detention of several individuals under the States of Public Emergency unconstitutional.
Mr. Bunting says the need for such reform is impatient of debate.
Government and Opposition Members of Parliament continue to fiercely debate the Holness administration’s push to name Portmore Jamaica’s 15th parish.
Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of National Security, Mathew Samuda, is dismissing a report in the print media that the government is currently conducting a gun amnesty.
By Andrew Clunis
So despite all the protestations and confusion, Christmas happened! Covid-19 and all, Jamaican people still found a way to share with family and friends and enjoy good food, drink and fellowship.
Double sprint world record holder Usain Bolt is still awaiting official confirmation from Ministry of Health officials that he has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus.
The North-East Regional Health Authority (NERHA) has confirmed the death of one of its medical interns while on the job at the Annotto Bay Hospital in St Mary.
He has been identified as Dr. Yakeev Morris.
He was assigned to the Pediatric Department at the Annotto Bay Hospital.
It’s alleged, the 26-year-old doctor died while doing a 36-hour shift.
Reports are that yesterday Dr. Morris was accompanying a clinical team with the transfer of a neonate from the Pediatric Ward to the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston.
He reportedly complained of dizziness and feeling unwell.
Dr Morris subsequently collapsed and was unresponsive.
He was immediately taken to the Accident & Emergency Department where despite efforts by the medical team to resuscitate him he did not regain consciousness.
He was later pronounced dead.
The cause of death is unknown at this time.
NERHA says the Annotto Bay Hospital has started grief counseling sessions with staff members.
Efforts are also being made by the Hospital’s management to reach out to his family.