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Easter Lockdown Period Critical To Slowing Spread Of COVID-19, Says CMO

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Easter Lockdown Period Critical To Slowing Spread Of COVID-19, Says CMO

  Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie says the Easter holiday weekend could be the turning point for slowing down the spread of COVID-19 in Jamaica.   She says focus will be on the COVID-19 reproductive rate.   The reproductive rate of a virus is a measure of its transmission, or the number of new infections generated by each case.   Jamaica’s virus reproductive rate is now at one.   Speaking at a media briefing on Thursday, Dr. Bisasor McKenzie said there has been a marginal decline in confirmed cases over the last two weeks.   However, she said the situation could change for the worse if there are large gatherings over the holiday weekend.    “This could be a triggering weekend with the result that in another two to four weeks we would see our numbers going up. And so it is very, very important at this time when we are seeing the numbers starting to trend down, that this weekend in particular, people stay at home, people reduce their hours out on the road, reduce their going into any kind of crowded situation, wear their mask, keep physically distant from others, and if you are sick, stay at home. Protect your vulnerable persons because this weekend could be a turning point for us in the wrong direction,” she warned.