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Covid19 In Jamaica (March 12 Update)
Schools Ordered Close | Panic Buying | New Contact Numbers & More!

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covid19_in_jamaica_schools_closedCovid19 In Jamaica - Schools Ordered Close

In light of the second confirmed case of the Covid-19 Corona virus in Jamaica, Prime Minister, Andrew Holness ordered all public schools closed for 14 consecutive days in a press conference this afternoon (March 12). 

This becomes effective tomorrow, Friday, March 13, 2020. That decision will be reviewed after 10 days and subsequent decisions taken then. 

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Teachers and Community Colleges remains closed as well. The PEP primary school assessment is also postponed. There were reports of some schools recorded minimal attendance today. 

In once instance, only one student turned up at one of the institutions. 

Meanwhile,  Alando Terrelonge, minister of state in the Ministry of Education, said that 180 teachers will be trained on using the online teaching platform starting tomorrow 

And several tertiary institutions have also reported suspension of school.

These include, The Caribbean Maritime University, The University Of Technology and University Of The West Indies.

And the sporting and entertainment sector has be hit hard with several events either postponed, rescheduled or cancelled;  Horse Racing was suspended indefinitely, The GC Foster Classic cancelled, The Red Stripe Primer league postponed and several others.

Panic Buying!

Regarding the island-wide Panic Buying and frustration getting key cleaning and sanitation supplies, the government indicated that there is indeed a temporary shortage of sanitizers particularly because of the panic buying. 

And this created another problem, massive price increase. In some cases, prices went up by almost 400%. A Lysol for example, moved from approximately 500 JMD to over 2,000 JMD

According to Floyd Green, local suppliers will be ramping up their production and cleaners and sanitizers over the next few days, some working an additional 50% more time (from 8 to 12 hours) to make it happen.

Covid19 Emergency Contact Numbers

In the meantime, Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton indicated that 19 hospitals will be retrofitted to accommodate Covid-19 cases. He noted that provisions will be made for non-essential cases to be removed.

The government is also asking persons who arrived in Jamaica on airline AA-1515 from Miami to Montego Bay on March 7, to make contact with the ministry of Health at 999-ONE-LOVE.

The second c confirmed case (Patient 1) of the coronavirus in Jamaica was said to have arrived on that flight.

The following numbers were also provided in case persons are having issues connecting with the number with has been reportedly overwhelmed with calls.

They are:
  1. 888-754-7792
  2. 876-542-5998
  3. 876-542-6007
  4. 876-542- 6006
  5. 876-542-5998

These are in addition to 888-ONE-LOVE (663-5683)

The public may also make contact with the Ministry of Health and Wellness using the above numbers or via email using or

Incidents Of Note...

  • There is a temporary closure of the ScotiaBank New Kingston branch and the quarantine of several staff members.

    It was reported that one of the patients, who was confirmed with the Covid-19 virus and was a customer at the branch, came into contact with staff members.

    The branch will remain close, according to the CEO, until they believe it is safe to be re-open.

  • A Clarendon man has reportedly been quarantined over a possible exposure to the coronavirus. He was reportedly in contact with the first patient who was confirmed with the virus.

At Thursday, March 12, 2020, there were 39 persons in quarantine in Jamaica, 8 in self-isolation, 12 in government isolation and 2 tested positive for the Coronavirus in Jamaica.

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Across The Caribbean

Guyana became the first Caribbean country to have a person dying from the virus today. The patient died today. St. Vincent and Trinidad reported their first cases today.

The patient came into St. Vincent from UK while the patient in Trinidad, a 53 year old man had arrived from Switzerland.

Edit: Well, it seems Jamaica has seen the worst of the pandemic and things are slowly returning to normal. How is Jamaica handling COVID now?

For a Chronology of Covid19 Coronavirus in Jamaica, Click Here.

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So what do you think of this dreaded disease?

Do you think we can, and need to, do more? If so, what can we do different, or better? I welcome your comments below.

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References To Covid19 In Jamaica

  1. "All Schools To Be Closed Starting Tomorrow, PEP Postponed" Jamaica Gleaner,

  2. "Flow Technician Quarantined, Four Others In Self Isolation", Jamaican Gleaner,

  3. "Additional Numbers, Email Addresses For Coronavirus Info", Jamaica Gleaner,

  4. "Clarendon Resident Quarantined Over Possible Exposure To Coronavirus", Jamaica Gleaner,
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