Prime Minister Andrew Holness is expected to provide an update on the existing COVID-19 restrictions when he speaks in Parliament this afternoon.

The tighter weekend curfew measures expired at 5 on Monday morning, while the nightly curfew measure will expire at 5 a.m. tomorrow morning.

There have been calls from business interests for an easing of the measures as the country’s positivity rate and cases have been trending downward.

Today’s positivity rate was reported at 8.5%.

The Medical Association of Jamaica this morning urged the government to maintain the restrictions.

The Prime Minister will update the country against the backdrop of an ominous warning last week by the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie, that a rush to relax the measures could risk a third more dangerous wave of the virus across the island.

She pointed to several countries across the world that relaxed their restrictions and 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.

We are monitoring Parliament’s sitting and will bring you the latest as soon as the Prime Minister begins addressing the House.