Monday 26 October, 2020

Chinese community makes $1m donation in kind to St James cops

Jamaica Guangdong Association members and staff members of the St James Police Divisional Headquarters and the Freeport Police Station pose for a picture at the facility on Friday.

Jamaica Guangdong Association members and staff members of the St James Police Divisional Headquarters and the Freeport Police Station pose for a picture at the facility on Friday.

The Jamaica Guangdong Association, a group from the local Chinese community, stopped in Montego Bay at the Freeport Police Station, home of the St James Police Divisional Headquarters, on Friday, and presented the law enforcers with roughly $1 million worth of grocery and sanitisation items to assist in the fight against the spread of COVID-19.

The items included face masks, hand towels, alcohol, some drinks, water, biscuits, wipes, among others.

Speaking on behalf of the Jamaica Guangdong Association, Andy Chang said the group is working together with the Chinese and Jamaican communities locally, to cushion the impact of the spread of COVID-19 on the Jamaican people.

"We are working together with the Chinese community, the Jamaican community... together we are more, together we are stronger," he said.

"This is our responsibility for the support of everyone, especially for the police station, for the hospital people also. The Chinese community wants the Jamaica people know we are doing this together. We not giving up. We are all standing by. We have problems, all of us have the same problem. When we are happy, all of us are happy, because Jamaica is our second home. Jamaica is our nice home, nice place, we have families here, we have friends here. Love make us together. China, Jamaica together," he added.

Chang expressed disappointment that the group could not offer the members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) additional items, but explained that items such as sanitisers and liquid cleaners are difficult to source, with supplies being limited.

Speaking on behalf of the Freeport police, Inspector Fiona Watson thanked the Chinese community for their generosity.

Jamaica recorded two new confirmed cases of the COVID-19 disease over the weekend, bringing the total number of confirmed cases on the island to 32.

The two new cases are:

•            A 70-year-old female from St Catherine with no travel history; and

•            A 67-year-old female from Kingston with a travel history from the United Kingdom.

Of the now 32 confirmed cases, 21 are imported cases and eight are import-related. Three, including the St Catherine female, are under investigation.

Thirty-four persons are under quarantine in a Government facility – not including the 140 Cuban healthcare workers who came into the island on March 21 and who are under quarantine for another seven days.

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