Public Health Expert — 17,000 Jamaicans Could Die From COVID-19

A public health expert is projecting that as many as 17,000 Jamaicans could die from COVID-19 if the spread continues its current trajectory.

Dr. Alverston Bailey, Associate Professor at the School of Public Health at the University of Technology, says with the rapid spread of the virus, it’s time for a reality check for Jamaicans.

He has noted the Health Ministry’s prediction that about 1.5 million Jamaicans will contract COVID-19, adding that the current death rate is of great concern.

Professor Bailey said in a press report that the government must immediately enforce mask-wearing to avert a calamity.

He also said that the government needs to improve its messaging concerning the disease.

Meanwhile, in its latest report, Jamaica has recorded five more COVID-19 related deaths.

The death toll has now risen to 75.

The new cases include a 61-year-old woman, an 82-year-old man, and a 54-year-old woman from Kingston and St. Andrew.

The other two cases include a 52-year-old woman from St. Catherine and a 93-year-old man from St. Mary.

The Health Ministry says four of the five deceased had pre-existing conditions.

At the same time, 127 new cases of the coronavirus have been recorded in Jamaica. The country’s tally has reached 5,270 with recoveries at 1,444.

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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