An increase in COVID 19 cases in the parishes of St Ann and Manchester has caused mixed reactions with the reopening of schools in the new school term.

The parishes were described as having the first and second highest rates of COVID 19 cases in the island.

Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton, spoke about the number of cases while addressing the House of Representatives yesterday.

Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton addressing the House of Representatives yesterday.

The increase has raised concerns since schools in the parishes are to be reopened for face to face classes.

President of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association, Jasford Gabriel, says there are more concerns with the resumption of face to face classes.

But Mr Gabriel says teachers are looking forward to face to face classes once more.

President of Jamaica Teachers’ Association, Jasford Gabriel.

Despite concerns, however, Director in the Education Ministry’s Region 5, Dr. Nadine Leachman, says things are going well for reopened schools in Manchester.

Education Ministry’s Region 5 Director, Dr Nadine Leachman, speaking with Nationwide News today.