Covid-19 in Jamaica and Government measures to control the Corona Virus

Covid-19 in Jamaica

Covid-19 in Jamaica and Government measures

On 10th Mar 2020, Jamaica confirmed the first case. The Ministry of Health and Wellness (MoHW) confirmed that the dedicated patient was a female who arrived from the United Kingdom on 4 Mar 2020. Following the update, the travel ban imposed was expanded to include France, Germany, and Spain. As of 3rd Apr 2020, Jamaica has in total 44 confirmed cases and 3 deaths.

Following are the key measures taken by the government in order to control the spread of pandemic;

  • On 12th Mar 2020, Prime Minister Andrew Holness ordered all primary and secondary schools closed for 14 days.
  • On 13th Mar 2020, the Prime Minister announced the invocation of the special powers to combat further spread of COVID-19. He said the country was seeking 100 Cuban nurses to help, and recruiting retired medical professionals for help.
  • On 17th Mar 2020, the Government of Jamaica issued work-from-homedirectives to non-essential workers in Jamaica.
  • On 19 Mar 2020, the Government of Jamaica placed the community of Corn Piece in Hayes District, Clarendon under quarantine; the community was the home of the patient who succumbed to the illness on 18th Mar 2020.
  • On 20th Mar 2020, the Government of Jamaica announced that all sea and airports will be closed to incoming traffic for a period of 14 days effective 21st
  • On 23rd Mar 20220, the Government of Jamaica imposed a stay-at-home order for all Jamaican citizens and residents 75 years and older for a period of 14 days; the order coming into effect on 25th Mar 2020.
  • Prime Minister Andrew Holness also announced that all public sector workers 65 years and older must work from home, school closures shall extend to the end of the Easter term (8 April); and, that all people who entered the country on 18 March will be placed on an additional 14 days quarantine.
  • On 30th Mar 2020, the Government of Jamaica announced an all-island curfew commencing on 01 April to combat what it believed was an “increase in movement over the weekend”. The curfew, between 08pm and 06am each day, should end on 08 April.
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