Chief Medical Officer, Dr Jacquiline Bissasor McKenzie says while the country’s positivity rate is going down again, residents in Western and Northern parishes should take precaution in light of a recent increase in COVID-19 cases.

She says COVID-19 deaths have also been on the decline.

The CMO says severe cases and deaths have been a feature across all parishes.

She says there’s also been a slight increase in the number of men who contract the coronavirus and die as a result of COVID- 19.

Meanwhile, the CMO says Jamaica now has a total of 9-thousand 6-hundred and 34 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

Dr Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie, Chief Medical Officer.

She was speaking last evening during a virtual media briefing.

Dr Bisasor Mckenzie’s also urging Jamaicans to be extremely cautious going into the Christmas season to reduce the country’s infection rate.

The CMO’s also encouraging residents of Greater Portmore in St Catherine to remain vigilant.

This, as she says there seems to be a resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the area.

Dr Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie, Chief Medical Officer.

She was speaking last evening during a virtual media briefing.