Jamaica: In the wake of the spike in the cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Prime Minister Andrew Holness confirmed the appearance of the fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Jamaica.
Hence, to contain the spread of the fifth wave, Prime Minister announced the re-introduction of the COVID related measures in the country.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced that the wearing mask requirement will be re-instituted in short orders as the COVID-19 positivity rate has increased significantly.
In that regard, the Prime Minister has urged Jamaicans to take extra precautions as the country faces the fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said that as the positivity rate seemingly increased, there should be an abundance of caution.
Prime Minister Holness further asserted that while the pandemic will be a “continuing feature of life going forward“, Jamaicas, like persons in other countries worldwide, will for some time experience recurrent bouts of infections from the disease.
In the meantime, the prime minister stated that “after two years, everyone should know how to behave in order to protect themselves from the virus.”
He also encouraged people to get vaccinated.
Prime Minister Holness noted, “I am urging all Jamaicans to act responsibly; by now, we know what to do. If you have not yet gotten your vaccine, I encourage you to do so, Vaccine sites are still open, and vaccination is ongoing; get vaccinated. Wear your mask, particularly indoors, but wear them generally, practice social distancing and sanitize.”
The measures were announced by the prime minister during his address at the Handing over ceremony of a New Social Housing Project (NSHP) in St James East Central.
Beverly Thompson got keys to his new house.
He said, “We are transforming the lives of the indigent population by providing housing solutions that can be used as assets to break the cycle of poverty.”
Through the New Social Housing Programme (NSHP), an initiative under the Housing, Opportunity, Production, and Employment Programme (HOPE), Thompson received a two-bedroom home inclusive of a bathroom, kitchen, and living room area.
Beverly lives in the East Central St. James Constituency represented by Edmund Bartlett.
Jermaine Clarke and his family also received the keys for to their new two-bedroom home.
This was made possible through the New Social Housing initiative under the Housing, Opportunity, Production, and Employment Programme (HOPE).