Monday 10 August, 2020

Jamaican family in China offers message of hope amid COVID-19 outbreak

(From left) Aileen Shirley with husband Devon and sons Cruz and Chase.

(From left) Aileen Shirley with husband Devon and sons Cruz and Chase.

A Jamaican family living in Wuhan, China, the former epicentre of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, has offered a message of hope to Jamaicans at home amid the spread of the disease in the island, where 15 COVID-19 cases have been recorded in less than a week.

COVID-19 was first detected in Wuhan in December before rapidly spreading to other countries and infecting more than 168,000 people worldwide, with more than 6,600 deaths. At the height of the crisis in China, the Far East nation was recording more than 3,000 infections a day.

Still, no member of the Wuhan-based Shirley family has been infected with the virus and, with new cases dwindling in China amid tight restrictions, the Shirleys took to social media to tell Jamaicans that "COVID-19 is not a death sentence" while sharing how they have been able to cope with the highly contagious virus over the last several months.

“We want you to know that, in spite of the worldwide pandemic of the coronavirus, there is light of the end of the tunnel and there is hope,” said Aileen Shirley in a video recording with her husband Devon and two sons, Cruz and Chase.

The family also encouraged Jamaicans to desist from spreading incorrect information, saying this was among the biggest set back in the fight to eradicate the virus. The video caught the attention of Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who shared it with his social media followers. Watch the video below.

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