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Letter of the Day | Opening Jamaica to tourists is not a good idea

Published:Monday | May 3, 2021 | 12:10 AM


I am appalled by the latest pronouncements by the Ministry of Health and Wellness regarding a possible third wave of COVID-19. It is interesting to note that the predictions come at the same time when the Government is also announcing a resumption of flights from the United Kingdom (UK) to the island. Is this our reward for enduring weekend lockdowns and other restrictions?

The chief medical officer, Dr Jacquiline Bisasor-Mckenzie, came to an online briefing armed with charts predicting that 180 Jamaicans could die weekly if we don’t adhere to the restrictions. To say this was depressing to watch would be an understatement. On what basis is this being done, when we are seeing a dip in the number of positive cases? And why is the Government so comfortable to resume UK flights when they have one of the most contagious variants? According to reports, the UK is set to have herd immunity by May 3. I suppose this provides comfort. Meanwhile, an unvaccinated population lies here in vulnerability.

Once again, it seems that the Government is being hasty amid a drop in cases. But how many times must we have the COVID-19 circus before we understand that it doesn’t work? How does scaremongering and imposing lockdowns help, while tourists are being allowed to come to the island?

We should be tightening restrictions until we at least get most of the population vaccinated. Right now, it is either the ministers of tourism and health are working together or they’re not – it seems it is the former.

We are all depressed right now, and the predictions about another wave of COVID hitting us is not helping. If the Government wants to bring in the tourists, they should find a better way to do it.