MoH waiting to see if vigils will bring an increase in Covid cases

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MoH waiting to see if vigils will bring an increase in Covid cases

Only time will tell if the large gatherings taking place across the country rejecting violence against women, will lead to increase COVID-19 cases.

That’s according to Epidemiologist at the Ministry of Health Dr Avery Hinds,

At the Ministry’s news conference yesterday, Hinds said “We note the gatherings that have taken place over the last few days with respect to all the demonstrations of support and the highlighting of the need for better conduct nationally. But what we hope has taken place is that in the midst of that individuals are to some extent still wearing the mask, still maintaining some measure of social distancing, although it does not always appear that way in the photos.

“We encourage anyone participating in activities along these lines to follow those guidelines. We are hoping that we don’t see an increase in transmission as a result of these gatherings. Only time will tell. We will look at the data to see whether there are increasing numbers as opposed to decreasing numbers.”

Meanwhile, Hinds said there has been a “heartening trend” over the past few weeks with respect to case numbers as the average has been “around seven cases.”
“We would really like to encourage the population to continue the behaviours that will promote the reduction in spread.”

But he warned the public not to become complacent but to continue following the public health regulations.