Thursday 4 June, 2020

COVID: Schools closed for Easter term; 75yos and older must stay home

Andrew Holness

Andrew Holness

Schools will remain closed until the end of the Easter term as the Government steps up its efforts to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, on the island.

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

He also announced that effective Wednesday, March 25, all persons 75 years and older must remain at home. This order will be in force for an initial 14 days and is an acknowledgement that the older population is more susceptible to the disease.

Additionally, all public sector employees 65-years-old and older must work from home effective March 25. Holness also announced that every person who entered the island as of March 18 will be quarantined for a further 14 days after the initial seven days.

And effective March 25, no public gatherings shall exceed 10 persons. This is down from groups of 20 that was previously allowed.

The prime minister said this was necessary as indications are that Jamaica was rapidly moving towards community spread of the disease.

For her part, Chief Medical Officer, Jaquiline Bisasor- McKenzie said, as a result, all severe acute respiratory infections are now being tested in public health facilities for COVID-19. To date, some 36 persons have so far been tested and all have come back negative, McKenzie said.

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