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As Latin America and Caribbean seek to reopen economies, Jamaica offers cautionary tale (Miami Herald)

May 3, 2020

From the article:

“…Unlike many countries in the region, Jamaica never fully shut down its economy amid the global pandemic, even as it aggressively enforced social distancing measures to prevent the spread of the virus. The decision has come with a steep price, and serves as a cautionary tale for others in the region that are starting to ease lockdowns and reopen their economies as cases and fatalities continue to climb.

‘There is no very right answer,’ when it comes to reopening, said Amanda Glassman, executive vice president and senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, a nonprofit Washington-based think tank that focuses on international development.

The key concern is the reproduction rate of the virus. If it can be kept low enough, the disease will dissipate and ‘burn out’— as long as there are no new cases being imported, she said.

‘Of course, all of that depends on the ability of governments to catch [those who are ill] and to do the contact tracing really aggressively,’ added Glassman, an expert on health and social protection in Latin America who previously worked for the Inter-American Development Bank…”

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