Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. Christopher Tufton, says Jamaicans are to brace for an expected increase in the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations as the country is grappling with the community transmission phase of the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking at the opening of the COVID-19 field hospital this afternoon, Dr. Tufton says the facility is essential at this time to respond to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.

Dr. Tufton says three additional field hospitals will be donated in short order.

The Health Minister says the hospital donated today is is valued at 12 million dollars:

Dr. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health and Wellness.