Tuesday 27 October, 2020

Dr Hinds: Las' lap activity linked to spike in cases in September

Daily COVID-19 cases as of September 18 via the Ministry of Health

Daily COVID-19 cases as of September 18 via the Ministry of Health

Epidemiologist Dr Avery Hinds has noted that the "las' lap activity" by some individuals in August may be linked to the spike in COVID-19 cases in early September.

Hundreds flocked to beaches and bars on August 16 before the new regulations came into effect on August 17.

Speaking at the Ministry of Health's media briefing on Saturday, Dr Hinds noted that a spike in positive cases were observed on September 2.

He explained: "We do note the recommendations to reduce gatherings and to reduce congregations above numbers of 10. Those recommendations were not necessarily followed in the first week or so of August. We do see that post the recommendation on the 17, we have no in house dining, gathering at beaches etc."

"On September 2nd, which was approximately two weeks after the 'last lap' activity that preceded the closure of beaches and bars, we did have a spike that most likely corresponds to an increased number of individuals coming into contact and therefore transmitting illness. But since then we have seen a downward trend and we are hoping that trend is continued."

However, Dr Hinds noted there are fewer positive cases on a daily basis within the month of September.

He said: "What we do see is the trend in the darker blue bars, which is the colour we've chosen for the month of September, appears to be going down."

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