Saturday 28 November, 2020

Special COVID curfew for Rae Town, Cornwall Courts after virus spike

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Two more communities - Rae Town in Kingston and Cornwall Courts in St James – have been placed under a special curfew following a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases.

The curfew which took effect at 6pm on Friday, October 23, will remain in force until 5am on Friday, November 6.

The rest of the country remains under a daily 9pm to 5am curfew.

According to a statement from the Office of the Prime Minister, only essential workers with identification will be allowed to enter or exit the communities during the hours of the curfew. Additionally, no more than six persons will be allowed to gather in any public place while the curfew remains in place.

“All the other existing restrictions such as mask wearing and physical distancing will be strictly enforced,” the OPM said.

It said the increase in COVID-19 cases in the two communities is of great concern to the health authorities “and thus this special measure is to restrict movement of persons to slow or prevent new exposures and hence new infections”.

“There is also concern for the high population density of the two areas identified and the high vulnerability of persons within the areas to severe illness due to age, comorbidities and other socio-economic factors,” the statement added.

During the curfew, the health departments will be conducting the following:

- additional testing;

- close monitoring of members of the communities for development of symptoms;

- early containment of newly detected cases;

- prevention of new exposure and transmission of disease; and

- sensitisation of members of the communities regarding infection prevention and control measures.

Additionally, there will be enhanced monitoring and enforcement of the Disaster Risk Management Order in the business district of Montego Bay with special attention being given to markets, supermarkets, transportation centres, banks and business places.

Whitfield Town in St Andrew and Waterford, St Catherine were placed under special curfews for two weeks on October 6 following a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases. In the case of Waterford, three COVID-related deaths had occurred at the time the curfew was enforced.

Up to Friday, Jamaica had recorded 8,638 of COVID-19 with 182 deaths. There are currently 19 moderately ill patients and eight who are critically ill among the 4,186 active cases under observation. There have been 4,156 recoveries.

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