Gov’t Projecting Economic Fallout Due to COVID-19 – TVJ Midday News – March 5 2020

Gov’t Projecting Economic Fallout Due to COVID-19 – TVJ Midday News – March 5 2020

good afternoon and fashion brown with
the midday news the government is projecting a fallout in the economy from
the kovat 19 the virus has killed more than 3000 people globally the vast
majority in China where the virus originated no our reporter ocean masters
was at the meeting of the National Disaster Risk Management Council this
morning and no joins us live first of all uh Shane what’s the government’s
assessment of the impact of the corona virus on Jamaica well Russian the
government says while they are expecting a significant followed in the economy it
should be short-lived no Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the growth figures
for the country are also expected to go down in the meantime he noted that some
adjustments will be made in the body to tackle the threat of the Cova 90 this
will require obviously if it happens if it are if it comes to Jamaica some
adjustments in our budget we will have to make the fiscal allocations for it
the Ministry of Finance is aware and we are prepared to do so
should it happen what about tourism for example well that sector has already
begun to feel the impact as bookings aren’t done no we know that Italy has
been impacted by the corona virus well Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett
says Jamaica has lost in that market he also gave some projections for the
tourism ministry so far we have projected that ceteris paribus yes we
should see a fall of somewhere around 3% to 4% of the growth that we projected so
we could close the year with a 1% to one and a half percent
growth over last you know the Health Minister which is front and center
leading the charge against Cove in 19 has come up with a methodology of the
worst case scenario that is if the virus which
Jamaica what would be the likely impact on citizens the modeling is suggesting
that if the virus comes to Jamaica and follows the normal pattern of spread as
we have had in terms of other SARS type or influenza type occurrences we could
see up to 1.1 to 1.7 million persons in the population being impacted by the
virus no I hasten to say that some people will
have it done it only means drinking some orange juice
but the virus doesn’t affect everybody the same way right this is like the
common cold but so from that you would have just under 2,000 hospitalization in
year one I’m talking and you would have over 360 to 400 high dependency or ICU
related admissions those our persons would require fairly substantial support
no meanwhile the Prime Minister’s issued this reassurance to the country I am NOT
saying here to Jamaica that we don’t have a serious situation that it doesn’t
require diligence and an elevated sense of caution but there is no need for
panic there is absolutely no need for panic because that panic leads sometimes
to actions which can have long-term effects certainly on our economy and how
Jamaica is viewed as a hospitable open friendly society all right thank you so
much Shane thanks and we have much more on this story in primetime news at 7 all
right thank you a report ocean masters they’re reporting on the National
Disaster Risk Management Council meeting this morning
meanwhile the global death toll from the corona virus no stands at
3190 while more than 93 thousand people have been infected in more than 80
countries in China 38 more people have died South Korea reported 516 new cases
on Wednesday bringing its total to five thousand three hundred and twenty eight
in India 15 Italian citizens have tested positive there have been more infections
in Australia Japan and New Zealand and in the United States death toll from
kovat 19 rose to 11 on Wednesday after California announced its first death
linked to the virus as new cases emerged around two New York City and Los Angeles
California declared a state of emergency and we go to other news now hopes of
finding oil and Jamaican Shores have been dashed at least for now that
revelation from Energy Minister Fievel Williams she was responding to questions
about oil exploration in Jamaica during yesterday’s meeting of the Standing
Finance Committee here is Janelle oversees the search for oil began
sometime in 2015 when the Jamaican government signed an MoU with
multinational oil and gas exploration company tulla oil PLC interestingly it
was that same year huge oil reserves were discovered Afghanistan tree has
joined the ranks of the world’s oil producers back home in Jamaica not so
much luck last year there was an announcement that they had completed the
3d seismic mapping and you know there could possibly be some deposits there of
oil right the company has said to us that in order to go further than which
3d seismic mapping to actually know the quantum what it is that’s there they
would need to drill the contract between the company and the government has
expired but the energy minister favore Williams says additional time has been
sought to commence drilling it’s a very expensive proposition it said they did
not want to do it alone they wanted some additional time beyond the contract
expiration to find find a partner because you know they asked us for
another six months or so to try to find a partner the minister expressed doubt
however that this would happen soon I do not believe that that exploration effort
will go any further that’s amazing because you’ve reported that the 3d
seismic was positive they viewed our beat underwater potential locations for
large deposits of oil or and/or gas weren’t you in negotiations with epsilon
and wouldn’t they being deeper pocketed than Toto be able to take this up the
contract with was not signed they were at the point of pulling out
because it took so long alright to get to design in this contract so of course
we saw the urgency in the situation ensured that whatever process is needed
to be completed Repsol the house was told had a change of heart and didn’t
sign the contract and we take a break on midday news but stay with us more
stories right after these messages welcome back continuing the news now at
least two entertainment zones are scheduled to come on stream by the end
of this fiscal year Entertainment Minister Olivia Grange
says the government is in the process of finalizing the acquisition of the
properties 45 billion has been allocated for the projects we have identified
properties in Negril in st. Anne in San Tomas
in fact we are exploring the possibility of having an entertainment zone facility
that will also facilitate beach parties and activities that would attract
visitors as well Minister Grange who was speaking at the
Standing Finance Committee of Parliament yesterday said the first entertainment
is owned for two rocky in Kingston is almost complete the work is being done
in tandem with the Jamaican national heritage trust and the UDC
and so phase one is almost complete 4/4 rocky for trucking yes and and so on
we uncovered a number of important artifacts that will further enhance Port
Royal a call for the cruise ships parish manager for Centre James the public
health the Lennox Wallis is responding to concerns about a mold which has been
affecting employees at the Montego Bay Inland Revenue regional office until
their staff members were seen leaving the building due to the smell of noxious
fumes which they claimed were making them sick in an interview with TV G news
mr. Wallace said plans are on the way to resolve the matter public a team would
have carried out an inspection and would have found evidence of more growth on
the first and second floor of the facility fifty percent of the 200 staff
were affected we made some recommendations some of which would have
been carried out immediately to ensure that the
facility who remain open until the other recommendations were being carried out
and still in st. James the police are trying to find the motive for the murder
of an American tourist whose body was found in a room at Hotel Gloriana in
Montego Bay this morning the deceased has since been identified as Theodore
walling of a Michigan address in the United States about 9:45 a housekeeper
went to clean mr. wallings room when she discovered his body lying in a pool of
blood on the bed mr. walling had what appeared to be stab wounds to the upper
part of his body a suspect is in custody in connection with Sunday’s double
killing in Greenacres Spanish stone sand catherine he was detained yesterday
morning in elephant park in the parish the police reported that 49 year old
Sharon Mae brown and a 64 year old Travis Jewett both from Santa Teresa
Road in Greenacres were attacked sometime after 9 o’clock
Sunday night investigators say mr. green was escorting Miss Brown home when a man
approached them mr. green was shot while Ms Brown was chased and stabbed several
times the Portmore Municipal Corporation is hoping to move taxes now terminating
at the Portmore mall to a piece of land almost behind the shopping area this
following complaints of traffic congestions and in disciplined behavior
by taxi operators at the port Marmol mayor of Port Marley on Thomas explains
that the Transport Authority issues Road licenses which are low taxi operators to
terminate at the mall but he says there’s no space to facilitate the
practice the management of the port more more are saying that they cannot
accommodate at a time in our our anybody to terminate within the mall because
there is no speeds because when you look at they the motorists who drive to the
mall to conduct business there is no space there fine a taxi to terminate so
it leaves no other place more than to terminate on the road he laments that
the practice is causing serious traffic pile-up in near the port more mall
especially at peak we are looking at terminate in the urn
when you are exiting you’re going to exit by megawatt so that road will be
super we want to have it to be a one-way so you will you will enter like oh you
enter no and then you go into this van and then when you are leaving the stand
then you you exit the mayor also stressed that once the taxi stand is in
effect taxi operators won’t be allowed to use the mall as a term hello we are
going to make certain that as soon as we finish it will be a zero tolerance and
any taxable who continue to park on the front after more there’s alley by that
is there that the Ju TC buses will terminate pickup on let off and then
continue but all the taxi operators we are asking you to terminate around bird
shop and that’s the midday news and Vashon Braun join us at 7:00 for prime
time news package on behalf of the new sports and production teams have a

Comments (42)

  1. Why don’t we temporary ban countries for the time being? If they care so much about the citizens of Jamaica. It takes two weeks for symptoms to start showing and during that process it’s still very contagious 😷

  2. We of to keep on praying that it doesn't come to Jamaica

  3. This Tourist Minister don't care as long he make money… JAMAICAN HEALTH COME FIRST….NO MORE CHINESE PLS PM.

  4. Is Jamaica ready for the backlash of becoming a oil producing nation are we to be little Nigeria?

  5. It would be violence on a whole different level and the environment would pay dearly

  6. Why don’t we just band tourists from coming here we don’t even have a good health care system we can’t handle this y’all need to band them from coming here because our life matters more y’all behaving like our life don’t matter all uno care both a money kmft

  7. What if it's here but they are covering it up

  8. I hope it don't get here,I am even afraid right now to go to work,as our government don't give us a sense of security,if the virus come a lot of people will die,him a pretty it up ,what about the poor .

  9. Who build that building..

  10. The taxi driver will not comply. They never do

  11. Omg with all that is going on with the virus that started in China. Poor Jamaica please wise up and don't be fooled. I heard that the virus is there and being covered up. God bless America for taking measures on stopping flights from coming in. Why is it Chinese are going to Jamaica with all that's going on? Our country is not equipped to deal with Corona virus.Other countries have shut down flights coming from countries that have the virus. What is going on, JAMACIANS STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS.

  12. Other countries can take a stand but jamaica government wont,the same tourist den a carry it come here.

  13. Oh please, there wasnt any growth in the 1st place.
    I didn't believe tourism rise not when there is so much crime. I met many people who are frightened to travel to Jamaica. I told them to wait until this government is voted out. It is usual for murder rate to climb excessively when the are in office. Another tourist slaughter?

    The murder is more serious than the virus. Yet the government do nothing. Shame on you lot. I dont believe you are true Jamaicans.

  14. Was that health minister actually drawing parallels to the covid-19 virus and the the flu virus? It is too early to make such comparisons. It's also reckless to misinform your citizens this way.

  15. Jamaicans should run that money god Prime Minister out of Jamaica that man is going let the natives become slaves in their own country!

  16. Jamaican government shakie,them have no vision for the country, a set of people who are yet to find their identity we have a serious problem, a country of leaders who are all for themselves and not the people.

  17. Well done Minister Olivia Grange. I wrote about Places for entertainment couple months ago and it seem like YOU was reading what I wrote. Keep up the good work.

  18. Jamaica going in a big recession and thats a trap to let the Chinese take over the country fully… I'm sorry for poor jamaica

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  20. If it come to Jamaica, you people do not take no pay for one year. And it will be good

  21. Stop lying… you are not ready where is the new hospital?… people please demand new hospital…which is long overdue

  22. The health minister talking shit

  23. All mi know the pnp supporters dem out wid wen negative comments!!!

  24. Oh Lord help us.

  25. Mr Tufton. This virus is NOT like the common flu!!!!!!

  26. Oil are not they are selling out the country. STOP selling out Jamaica corrupt Gov_

  27. Bad man me all a here sey it deh yeah🤔

  28. No now…mi nuh understand how them only a worry bout economy an tourism more important than know what are the measures them have in place to assist or control the spread of the the nurse dem stay? Unnu have proper gears an equipments, treatments, protocols for the ports an health systems?wah💁😕? A dat wi waa hear bout!!!!…unnu listen mi nuh man come talk chute to!!! unnu know the virus deh yah an naa talk…mi a get fi nuh like unnu again enuh😒

  29. I’m glad they didn’t find any oil in the most corrupted country on earth, it would be worst than Nigeria.

  30. The only way to stop the crime is to form groups of law abiding citizens in each community, harm and train them, so that law abiding citizens can out number dirty criminals.

  31. jamaica need to start making preparation to combat this epidemic and not wait .sad to say it won't be pretty

  32. You all are lying…stop hide the truth.Stop thinking about backlash and economy it is not more important than our lives…everyone if they wish to speak the truth knows Jamaica doesn't have the resources to tackle that virus!!! U cant even deal with dengue and those other diseases we face.

  33. Jamaica just know once drilling really starts there is going to be earthquakes happening increasingly the more the drilling happens just like it's happening for Puerto Rico.

  34. Any one know why Jamaica call a road lady Musgrave Road, lol that was because of the disease call cholera, ask the government where they put all those people who die on that day

  35. i hate andrew worst bbc prime minister

  36. i pray the government first get affected and the virus kill out most of them in the parliament

  37. Ms minister you know you guys crop jamaica already sell out our country Greedy for money government already sell the country soul

  38. Jamaica does not have a budget at all to deal with the coronavius, because the dollar is less than one U.S. cent.
    So I would like to asked the PM Andrew Holness? what can you bought with one cent,it is really ashamed.
    I never believe that the Jamaican dollar that was once the strongest dollar in the world, I would really lived to see it liked a wasted matter.
    I hope when the JLP party government is reading the budget, they must say a hundred billion one cents and. Don't used the word anymore dollars, because they are not dealing with dollars and cents again.
    They are dealing with pure cents,they should called it one cents budget.It is really a damn shamed to see what these younger generation in Jamaica is doing to the country, which we as the elders built before they were born.
    Their intentions like the PM Andrew Holness is that he was born very poor, and now that he got the chance like some of his colleagues.
    They already said out of their mouths, that they are not going out poor like their parents. So they are trying to gather as much money as possible, and they are not taking Jamaica money.
    Which is only values one United States cent, they are loading their foreign accounts with the United States dollars.The hospitals is not well equipped with modern technology equipments, to deal with those kinds of dangerous diseases as the coronavius virus.
    The JLP party government is only making big talked like they having things in placed,to deal with the coronavius virus.
    If there are simple sickness in Jamaica than that liked what happened at Cornwall Memorial hospital in montego,and several people died from the mold virus.
    It the JLP party government could not control simple thing like that,so how the hell you believed that government is ready for coronavius disease.This is one of the biggest jokes I ever heard in my life time, some people will swallowed the pills. But is not everyone in Jamaica is a fool which the government can easily manipulate, because the more sensible Jamaicans . Really knows that the government is lying big time, they are just saying those things to control the minds of some of the people. That they are not going to be panicking about the coronavius, but I rather seeing it more than hearing those big talked.

  39. At one in couple of years i heard the news from Jamaica that oil,was found on coast of St,Elizabeth banks. So where is the oil findings that means it was all a lie,after spending so much money searching.

  40. Andrew talking bull shit

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