'We are watching it', PM warns COVID measures could tighten

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In the Caribbean, Barbados is among the countries with new stringent containment measures

Albert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has warned party goers flouting the government’s COVID-19 rules that tighter containment measures could be reimposed.

“If it is that your behaviour threatens the safety of the population, then I will have to act,” Holness said Wednesday.

He was speaking at the opening of the Mount Salem Police Station in St James.

According to the Prime Minister, many young people especially those returning to from overseas are showing scant regard for the COVID-19 protocols.

He said, on Monday, the Cabinet received a report from the Health Ministry showing a slight uptick in the infection and positivity rates as well as hospitalisations.

“We are watching it very carefully. I have also put out my own feelers, separate and apart from the surveillance of the Ministry of Health and the surveillance from ODPEM to see what is happening in the parties, the night clubs, the restaurants and all the gathering spots,” Holness said, referring to the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management.

Last week, Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie revealed that there have been as many as 600 illegal parties since the government relaxed the curfew hours on July 14, 2021.

Under the relaxed COVID containment measures, nightly curfews, for example, now run from 11 p.m to 5 a.m except on Sundays when the curfew starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 5 a.m the next day.

Meanwhile, several countries have been reimposing tighter COVID measures amid a spike in the number of cases and deaths.

In the Caribbean, Barbados is among the countries with new stringent containment measures.

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