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Too beautiful to wear a mask? - Tufton warns St Ann of COVID lockdown

Published:Monday | February 1, 2021 | 12:24 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer

Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton warned residents of St Ann on Saturday about a possible lockdown if breaches of coronavirus laws and recommendations continue.

St Ann has seen a rise in conoravirus cases over the past few weeks, with six new cases tallied in the 24-hour period to Saturday. The parish has recorded 1,031 infections overall from a national total of 15,653.

Repeating his admonition given in Brown’s Town weeks ago, Tufton used the handover of medical supplies by the ssa Trust Foundation to remind St Ann that it was on the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ radar.

“A lovely parish, a Garden Parish with all the beautiful people, but too many of these beautiful people don’t want to hide their beauty enough to wear a mask,” said Tufton.

“If you don’t follow the rules, we’re going to act in the interest of all concerned.”

That was a clear indication that tighter curfews might be imposed in St Ann in line with the restrictions enforced in Westmoreland late last year and Manchester more than a week ago.

Addressing the monthly meeting of the St Ann Municipal Corporation on January 14, Medical Officer of Health Dr Tameka Henry said that the parish had recorded 233 confirmed cases for December 2020 alone.

Tufton’s warning came even as Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced a relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions last Tuesday, with churches being given the green light, as of February 1, to host funerals, with up to 10 family members and five religious leaders being able to attend.

But Tufton referenced actions taken by Canada recently, with that country banning flights from Mexico and the Caribbean until April 30. He emphasised that the “drastic” move by the Trudeau administration was necessary.

“The truth is, the quicker we work together to get over this threat is the quicker we can get back to normality,” the health minister stated.