Tyrone Reid reports

The government has announced that all COVID-19 measures including the current curfew have been extended until October 6.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness made the announcement this afternoon during a press briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister.

He also defended not placing the country under a strict lock down order at this time.

As COVID-19 cases have climbed above five-thousand, the Prime Minister says he’s aware of some apprehension in the public regarding the current spike.

He says the government remains on top of its pandemic response.

But, he says the current COVID-19 measures which were scheduled to come to an end this month will be extended through to October 6.

This means the curfew will remain in place, along with the stay at home orders for those over the age of 70 and quarantine orders for returning residents.

The Prime Minister says the government is focused on minimizing the deaths related to COVID-19.

However, he says he’s aware of the effect the measures, particularly the curfew, are having on the operations of businesses.

Prime Minister Holness is also warning that the limit on gatherings and the curfew could be tightened in the near future if the situation calls for it.

But, he says a complete lock down is not being contemplated at this time.

Gov’t to build more field hospitals

Meanwhile, Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, says additional field hospitals will be built across the island.

In addition to the facility to be established at the National Chest Hospital in St. Andrew, another will be placed at the Mandeville Regional Hospital.

Two more facilities are to be placed at St. Joseph’s and Falmouth hospitals respectively.

Dr. Tufton says the field hospitals will provide an additional 152 dedicated COVID-19 beds.

Dr. Christopher Tufton, Minster of Health and Wellness.

He was speaking at a media briefing this afternoon at the Office of the Prime Minister.