Tuesday 2 June, 2020

WATCH: Portmore gridlocked after coronavirus lockdown

Traffic pile-up at the Westport roundabout in Portmore, St Catherine on Wednesday morning.

Traffic pile-up at the Westport roundabout in Portmore, St Catherine on Wednesday morning.

The municipality of Portmore in St Catherine has come to a standstill after the government announced a seven-day lockdown of the parish until next Wednesday in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.

There is now a massive traffic jam across sections of the dormitory town as motorists attempt to traverse the area.

Under the lockdown, which became effective at 5am Wednesday, only essential workers who live in St Catherine but work outside the parish are allowed to go to work during the seven days.

Earlier on Wednesday, the police said persons who must traverse the parish, including transient commuters, should expect to encounter various checkpoints across the parish.

They also announced that there is no access to the Portmore Toll Plaza from Port Henderson Road, which is currently blocked off.

The lockdown came following a sharp rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in Jamaica, from 73 to 105 in less than 24 hours, with 31 of the cases being linked to the Portmore-based Alorica call centre.

Following the announcement of the lockdown by Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Tuesday evening, there were reports of people fleeing St Catherine for other parishes, many of the them allegedly headed to Kingston and St Andrew, which raised additional concerns.

See more photos of the traffic gridlock in the gallery below.

Portmore Lockdown Traffic

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