Health and Wellness Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton is calling for calm as he confirms that the country is now in the fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He made the plea this morning during a media briefing as COVID-19 infections continue to rise.

Dr. Tufton says the government is not rushing to take drastic actions but is carefully monitoring the situation.

Robian Williams has that story.

A careful balancing act.

The Health Minister noting that much has changed in the two years since COVID-19 arrived on the island.

The country is now in a fifth wave of the pandemic with daily infections trending upwards.

However, Dr. Tufton says all evidence currently points to a milder hit compared to previous bouts.

But, the Health Minister made it clear, now is not the time for complacency.

He reminded the country that low vaccination rates do not afford a great deal of protection.

Meanwhile, as the nation experiences the uptick in infections schools have not been spared.

Dr. Tufton says classrooms can be seen as a considerable area of vulnerability and have seen a rise in cases.

He’s however arguing that adding to the already severe learning loss experienced in the last two years, could outweigh the risk of keeping students in school.

Robian Williams for Nationwide News.