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Councillors warned as Kingston COVID cases near 1,100

Published:Wednesday | September 9, 2020 | 12:15 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter
Deputy Mayor of Kingston Winston Ennis (right) listens to Councillor Andrew Bellamy during Tuesday's sitting of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston.
Deputy Mayor of Kingston Winston Ennis (right) listens to Councillor Andrew Bellamy during Tuesday's sitting of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston.

The Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) has urged councillors to continue the charge against the spread of the deadly coronavirus as the twin-parish leads the nation with positive cases.

The call for greater attention to be placed on the pandemic came from Deputy Mayor Winston Ennis on Tuesday during a sitting of the corporation at the Jamaica Conference Centre.

At the monthly meeting chaired by Ennis, councillor for the Waterloo division, the corporation was warned that “we are managing multiple crisis” and urged to protect the vulnerable as a second more deadly wave of the pandemic sweeps the nation.

As at Tuesday, the country recorded 36 COVID-19 deaths, with total infections at 3,323.

Kingston and St Andrew lead all parishes with 1,091 confirmed cases, followed closely by St Catherine, with 848.

Ennis called for councillors to play their part in ensuring that “within our divisions, the residents abide by the orders of the Government”.

During the sitting, responses from Town Clerk Robert Hill were made to questions submitted by Councillor Dennis Gordon.

The meeting was informed that all contracts for the $35 million in grant funds for ongoing sanitation in the city were processed and issued in accordance with government procurement regulations. The funds were provided by the Tourism Enhancement Fund and the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development.

“Councillors, we all have a role to play, and together we can ensure that we build Kingston stronger coming out of the global pandemic,” Ennis told the sitting.

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