The Ministry of Health announced that curfew hours in Manchester will begin at 7pm this evening and end at 5 am on February 8.

Minister of Health Dr. Christopher Tufton says hospitals in the parish are on amber alert.

Dr. Tufton notes that the positivity rate in the parish has been the highest in the last two weeks.

Hykel Nunes reports.

The parish of Manchester has recorded 12 Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours bringing its total to 789.

During a media briefing this morning, Dr. Tufton said cabinet agreed on tighter restriction measures for the parish.

Dr. Tutfon notes that the curfew hours begin this evening.

Dr. Tufton announced restrictions for public transportation operators in the parish.

He also outlined restrictions for markets.

Meanwhile the Minister of Health said the positivity rate in the parish is 28% for the last two weeks.

Dr. Tufton says residents have been non-compliant with the COVID-19 measures.

He noted that major hospitals in the parish are at maximum capacity.

And that respiratory illnesses have become more prevalent among residents in the parish.

Two More COVID-19 Deaths

Two more people have died from COVID-19 in the Health Ministry’s latest round of test results as the country has surpassed the fifteen thousand mark for infections.

The deceased are a 92-year- old woman from Trelawny and a 48-year-old woman from Westmoreland.

This brings the country’s COVID-19 death toll to 338.

Zero deaths are under investigation.

Meanwhile, the country recorded 133 new cases in the latest round of test results. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 15,000.

1,117  samples were tested. This represents a positivity rate of 11.9%.

Majority of the cases are from Kingston and St.Andrew with 33 cases.

Clarendon follows with 22 new cases recorded while St.Catherine had 17 cases. St. James had 13 cases while Manchester recorded 12. St. Mary had 6 new cases while St.Ann recorded 4. Trelawny and Westmoreland recorded 7 cases each. St. Elizabeth and Hanover each recorded 5 cases. St.Thomas recorded 2 cases. There were no reported cases in Portland.

In the meantime, recoveries in the latest update stands at 19.

This brings recoveries to 11,089.

101 persons have been hospitalised, 23 are moderately ill and 12 are critical.

Kimberly Peddie contributed to this report.