Health Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, says with the anticipated influx of visitors to the island during the festive season, a COVID-19 spike is likely, come January.

He says the traditional mingling that often accompanies the Christmas season could see more vulnerable populations being exposed resulting in a greater spread of the coronavirus.

Dr Tufton’s encouraging Jamaicans to continue to follow the safety protocols during the Yuletide season.

He’s encouraging limited movement, more virtual interactions and intimate Christmas dinners among other measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Dr Christopher Tufton, Health and Wellness Minister, speaking at a digital media briefing last evening.

Meanwhile, Chief Medical Officer, Dr Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie, is encouraging limited movement among locals and foreigners to limit the spread and impact of a projected second COVID-19 wave linked to the Christmas period.

She notes if certain projections are realized, the country’s health system could be in for a major problem.

Dr Bisasor McKenzie says the likelihood of less beds due to increased hospitalizations could see even greater challenges for COVID-19 patients.

Dr Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie, Chief Medical Officer, speaking last evening during a virtual media briefing.