The country’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie, is warning that a rush to relax the current COVID-19 measures could cause a third more dangerous wave of high transmission across the country.

She was speaking last evening during a Ministry of Health media briefing.

The country’s chief doctor says while the positivity rate and hospitalizations are currently trending downwards, citizens should maintain their vigilance against the virus.

She notes that several countries across the world that relaxed their restrictions are now facing severe challenges.

The CMO says if Jamaica is not careful, the situation could become as dire as that being experienced in India.

Dr. Bisasor McKenzie told the media briefing that the UK strain of the virus detected in the country, coupled with the exposure among the 20-29 and 30-39 age demographics could fuel rapid spread of the virus.

She says this could cause the country to enter a third phase.

The CMO explained what a third wave of the virus would look like for the country.

She says such a situation would require as much 19-hundred beds if the public health system was to adequately respond.

She’s urging Jamaicans to continue to abide by the current public health measures.

Dr. Jacqueline Bisaor Mckenzie, Chief Medical Officer.