Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie, predicted that Jamaica could face the peak of the fourth wave of COVID-19 by the end of the January.
As per the statement released by the Ministry of Health and Wellness, Bisasor-McKenzie said that the predictions made by the ministry could see as over 11,500 confirmed cases of COVID-19 during that time.
Bisasor said, “we can witness the spread of Omicron-new variant of COVID-19 across the world proving to be a more transmissible virus as compared to other variants, and we can witness it here too. Based on predictions, it could mean that we may sooner reach to the peak of the fourth wave and may sooner overtake the limit as per the current number of cases.”
During the address, CMO further noted that, “as with the pace of growing numbers of COVID-19 confirmed cases here, the numbers of deaths will also bounce in the region from 200-300 during the peak week.”
She further added that, “hospitalization will eventually increase due to the spike in COVID-19. Notably, the number of occupied beds in hospitals could cross the mark of 1,200 during the third wave, and it could further cross the mark of 2,500 persons on beds.” She further noted that the emerging trend in the number of cases involves more number of children in hospitals due to the contagious virus.
“With the growing number of children in hospitals, we need to get more alert than before,” she added.
While focusing on the need to get vaccinated, Dr Bisasor said, “people must grab the opportunity to get vaccinated and to follow all the safety measures and guidelines set by the government, which involves compulsory facial masks, maintaining social distance in crowded space and washing hands frequently and using hand sanitisers as well and to stay at home if one is feeling sick.”