Wednesday 25 November, 2020

Jamaica: Seven-day all-island curfew to restrict spread of COVID-19

File photo of Jamaica Defence Force soldiers ahead of an operation.

File photo of Jamaica Defence Force soldiers ahead of an operation.

Jamaicans will be subjected to a seven-day, all-island curfew effective Wednesday, April 1 from 8 pm each evening until 6 am the following day in order to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, (COVID-19) on the island.

The curfew will end at 6 am on April 8.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness made the announcement Monday evening during at a press conference at Jamaica House.

The prime minister said the Cabinet took the decision to impose the curfew as, while a majority of Jamaicans have been adhering to restrictions in movement, there was a noticeable increase in movement throughout the country on the weekend.

He said it came at a time when close to 7,000 people, including Jamaicans, recently came into the country from overseas. With uncertainty about whether they were observing the mandatory 14-day quarantine rule, Holness said they could be spreading the virus in the general population.

Jamaica has to date recorded 36 cases of COVID-19, one of which involves a healthcare worker. One person has died from complications from the disease.

Jamaica has now released one person who has fully recovered from the disease.

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