Wednesday 25 November, 2020

Cops in quarantine after being exposed to likely COVID-19 cases

Following on the heels of Police Commissioner, Major General Antony Anderson, testing positive for COVID-19, more than a dozen St Ann-based police officers are said to be in quarantine.

It is being reported that the officers came into contact with persons who are suspected of having the respiratory illness.

The cops, who are attached to the Watt Town and Alexandria police stations, have been placed in quarantine, according to Chairman of the Jamaica Police Federation, Detective Sergeant Patrae Rowe.

Speaking in a radio interview on Sunday, Rowe said he has spoken to the management of the St Ann Police Division, headed by Superintendent Calvin Small.

Based on that conversation, Rowe said he is satisfied that the officers are secured to ensure that "the appropriate instructions were given for quarantine to be done, for sanitisation of these facilities, and to prevent further exposure to other members (of the police force)."

Overall, several other police divisions are being affected in the same way, with police officers being also in quarantine, Rowe further revealed.

It is not clear how many cops have so far tested positive for the virus in St Ann or island-wide, but several of them have been tested and are awaiting the results of the tests.

This is while the country continues to see a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Within 24 hours into Saturday afternoon, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases went up to 1,413, with the addition of 67 new positive results.

Also, within the 24-hour period, 29 more persons recovered from the virus, and have been discharged, bringing the total number of recoveries to 817 or 58 per cent of those who have been confirmed of being afflicted by the virus nationally.

The island now has over 500 active cases.

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