Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, is assuring the country the government remains on top of the COVID-19 fight as the country records its highest number of positive cases in a single day to date.

Speaking during a press briefing last evening, Dr. Tufton told the country that the latest COVID-19 tests returned one-hundred and 16 positives.

Fifty-one cases were recorded in Kingston and St. Andrew, followed by St. Catherine at 37.

Five of the new cases are contacts of confirmed cases, one was imported from the United Kingdom and 110 cases are under investigation.

Despite the surge, the Minister says Jamaica remains in the top 25 per cent of countries in terms of COVID-19 management.

He says the government remains in control of the situation.

Dr. Tufton says the majority of current cases stem from independence and emancipation day activities between August 1 and August 6.

Unlike previous holidays since the pandemic, the government did not tighten the curfew during that time.

When questioned if he felt this was a bad decision Dr. Tufton said the country could not remain under such tight restrictions for an extended period of time.

Dr. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health and Wellness.