Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced that, effective April 1, the Government of Jamaica will be imposing an island-wide curfew, lasting seven days, in the first instance.
The Prime Minister was speaking at a press conference at Jamaica House, giving the latest update on the COVID-19 crisis and how it is affecting the country.
With only 36 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Jamaica so far, the Prime Minister warned against complacency, saying it is likely that the figure will rise.
In that regard, Chief Medical Officer Dr Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie said it is currently projected that the number of confirmed cases will double every eight days, but warned that it could become even worse with the doubling taking place over far fewer days. She said it was therefore critical for as many people as possible to stay at home.
The Prime Minister announced as well that, because of growing concerns about the possibility of some carriers of the virus from overseas passing it on to the local population, all those who arrived from March 18th to the 23rd are now required to report to the Ministry of Health at at jamcovid19.moh.gov.jm or call 888-ONE-LOVE.
Mr. Holness also announced that markets will now be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays to allow persons to shop without clustering. The initial restriction on markets had seen their hours shortened, starting from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.